Signal No. 4 now up over Catanduanes, parts of Camarines Sur ahead of Rolly’s landfall

Published October 31, 2020, 8:56 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 4 has been raised over Catanduanes and the eastern part of Camarines Sur Saturday evening due to the impending landfall of Typhoon “Rolly” (international name “Goni”) in these areas by early Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed Rolly at 280 kilometers east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes around 7 p.m. Saturday.

It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 265 kph, while moving west-southwest at 20 kph.

Signal No. 4 has been hoisted over Catanduanes and eastern portions of Camarines Sur, particularly Siruma, Tinambac, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, and Caramoan.

Signal No. 3

More areas were also placed under Signal No. 3. These are Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao Islands, Marinduque, southern portion of Quezon (Atimonan, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, Lopez, General Luna, Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez), and Northern Samar.

Signal No. 2

Signal No. 2 is up in Metro Manila, Pampanga, Bulacan, southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Cabiao, San Isidro, Gapan City, General Tinio, Peñaranda, San Antonio, Jaen, San Leonardo, Santa Rosa, Cabanatuan City, Palayan City, Laur, Gabaldon, Bongabon), southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City), Bataan, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, southern portion of Aurora (Maria Aurora, San Luis, Baler, Dingalan), the rest of Quezon, including Polillo Islands, the rest of Masbate, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, northern portion of Samar (Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas, Hinabangan, San Sebastian, Tarangnan, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao, Gandara, Santa Margarita, Calbayog City, Santo Nino, Almagro, Tagapul-An), northern portion of Eastern Samar (San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Can-Avid, Dolores, Maslog, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad), extreme northern portion of Antique (Pandan, Libertad, Caluya), and northwestern portion of Aklan (Buruanga, Malay, Nabas, Ibajay).

Signal No. 1

Moreover, Signal No. 1 was raised over the rest of Zambales, Tarlac, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Aurora, Pangasinan, La Union, southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Quirino, Gregorio Del Pilar, Salcedo, San Emilio, Candon City, Galimuyod, Santa Lucia, Cervantes, Sigay, Santa Cruz, Suyo, Tagudin, Alilem, Sugpon), Mountain Province, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, central and southern portions of Isabela (Mallig, Quirino, Ilagan, Roxas, San Manuel, Burgos, Gamu, Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, Aurora, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Cauayan City, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones, Angadanan, Alicia, San Isidro, Ramon, Santiago City, Cordon), Calamian Islands, Biliran, northern portion of Antique (Sebaste, Culasi), the rest of Aklan, northern portion of Capiz (Jamindan, Mambusao, Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Sigma, Dao, Panitan, Pontevedra, President Roxas), and northern portion of Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Batad).

PAGASA said Rolly remains on track and may possibly make landfall in Catanduanes between 4 a.m. and 6 a.m. on Sunday, and in mainland Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur around 6 a.m. and 8 a.m.

It may traverse mainland Quezon by afternoon then proceed toward the other parts of Southern Luzon and Metro Manila from afternoon through evening.

Rolly may bring violent winds and intense rainfall associated with its inner rainband-eyewall region while passing through these areas.

It is likely to remain a typhoon with maximum sustained winds between 185 kph and 215 kph by the time it makes landfall.

While traversing over Luzon, Rolly may weaken considerably but will still be a destructive typhoon, and emerge as a severe tropical storm or minimal typhoon over the West Philippine Sea.

This evening, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Bicol region, Visayas, and Quezon.

Beginning early Sunday, the passage of Rolly will bring heavy to intense rains over Metro Manila, Bicol region, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Aurora, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan, Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro, Calabarzon, Aurora, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan, Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro, and Oriental Mindoro. Moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Central Luzon.

Moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, and the rest of Central Luzon.

PAGASA warned that flooding, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows or lahar may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

Very destructive typhoon-force winds will be experienced in areas under Signal No. 4.

Destructive typhoon-force winds may be felt in areas under Signal No. 3, damaging gale- to storm-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2, and strong breeze to near gale conditions in areas under Signal No. 1.

Elsewhere, strong breeze to near gale conditions due to the northeasterlies will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, and the coastal and mountainous areas of Cagayan and Isabela that are not under Signal No. 1.

There is a high risk of storm surge of more than 3.0 meters (m) over the northern coastal areas of Quezon, including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes; up to 2.0 m to 3.0 m over the coastal areas of Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, southeastern coastal area of Batangas and southwestern coastal area of Quezon; and 1.0 m to 2.0 m over the coastal areas of Aurora, Zambales, Occidental Mindoro, the rest of the coastal areas of Bicol Region, Batangas, and Quezon in the next 24 hours which may result in life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation.

PAGASA said this storm surge may be accompanied by swells and breaking waves reaching the coast.

Rough to “phenomenal” seas (2.5 to 15.0 m) will be experienced over the seaboard of areas where tropical cyclone warning signal is in effect and rough to very rough seas (2.5 to 5.0 m) over the remaining seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (that are not under tropical cyclone warning signals) and Caraga.

Sea travel is risky for all types of sea vessels over these waters, especially those under storm warning signals.

Meanwhile, moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.5 m) will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of the country.

Mariners of small sea vessels were advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea, while inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

The tropical depression being monitored by PAGASA with international name “Atsani” could still enter the Philippine area o responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon. It will be assigned its local name “Siony” once inside the PAR.

It was estimated at 1,480 km east of Southern Luzon around 7 p.m. Saturday.

“Atsani” has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, while moving northwest at 25 kph. It is likely to re-intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours.

It remains less likely to affect any portion of the country over the next three days, but PAGASA advised the public to continue monitoring  developments regarding this cyclone.