Typhoon ‘Rolly’ headed for SE coast of Batangas

Published November 1, 2020, 6:51 PM

by Dhel Nazario

Losing strength after it made its third landfall, Typhoon “Rolly” (international name “Goni”) is now headed for the southeastern coast of Batangas.


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed “Rolly” 50 kilometers south southwest of Tayabas, Quezon as of 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

After making its first landfall over Bato, Catanduanes around 4:50 a.m. and second landfall over Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 a.m., the typhoon made its third landfall in the vicinity of San Narciso, Quezon at 12 noon that further weakened it.

Rolly still packs maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kilometers per hour. It continues to move westward at 25 kilometers per hour.

Destructive winds and intense rainfall associated with the region of the eyewall and inner rainbands of the typhoon is prevailing or expected within the next 12 hours over Batangas and Cavite. PAGASA warned that this is a particularly dangerous situation for these areas. 

Signal no. 4 has been lifted and Signal no. 3 has been hoisted over Metro Manila, the southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Narciso, Subic, Olongapo City, Castillejos, San Antonio), Bataan, the southern portion of Pampanga (Floridablanca, Guagua, Minalin, Apalit, Macabebe, Masantol, Sasmuan, Lubao), the southern portion of Bulacan (Baliuag, Bustos, Angat, Norzagaray, San Jose del Monte City, Santa Maria, Pandi, Plaridel, Pulilan, Calumpit, Malolos City, Guiguinto, Balagtas, Bocaue, Marilao, Meycauayan City, Obando, Bulacan, Paombong, Hagonoy), Rizal, Quezon including Polillo Islands, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Marinduque, the northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Santa Cruz, Mamburao, Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island, and the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Calapan City, Naujan, Victoria, Naujan Lake, Pola, Socorro) 

Signal no. 2 was raised over the rest of Zambales, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Bulacan, the southern portion of Tarlac (Concepcion, Capas, Bamban),  the rest of Occidental Mindoro, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, and the southern portion of Nueva Ecija (General Tinio, Gapan City, Peñaranda, San Leonardo, Jaen, San Isidro, Cabiao, San Antonio)

Signal no. 1 was up in mainland Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Abra, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur,  La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Tarlac, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Burias Island, Romblon, and Calamian Islands

PAGASA said the center of the typhoon will move towards the Batangas and Cavite area this late afternoon through evening. 

Between 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., the center of the eye of “Rolly” is located around 70 kilometers south of Metro Manila. Rolly is forecasted to exit the mainland Luzon landmass and emerge over the West Philippine Sea tonight. During its traverse of Southern Luzon, “Rolly” was forecasted to weaken but will emerge as a typhoon over the West Philippine Sea.  

The passage of Typhoon “Rolly” will bring heavy to at times intense rains over CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, and the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan and Isabela. 

Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over the Cordillera Administrative Region, and the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley and Central Luzon. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.

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

Destructive typhoon-force winds will be experienced 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. 

In the next 24 hours, there is a high risk of storm surge of up to three meters over the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Island, coastal areas of Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southeastern coastal area of Batangas (facing Tayabas Bay), and most of the southern coastal areas of Quezon; up to two meters over the coastal areas of Marinduque, Lubang Island, Albay, Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands), the northern coastal area of Mindoro Provinces, and the remaining coastal areas of Quezon, and Batangas. Moreover, there is also a moderate to high risk of seiche or storm surge over the coastal areas surrounding Laguna de Bay and Taal Lake. 

These storm surges, which may be accompanied by swells and breaking waves reaching the coast can cause life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation.  

Today, rough to phenomenal seas (2.5 to 16.0 meters) 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 meters) over the remaining seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas (that are not under storm warning signals) and Caraga. 

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

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.5 meters) will be experienced over the remaining seaboards of the country. Mariners of small seacraft are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.