‘Rolly’ weakens into tropical storm

Published November 2, 2020, 12:16 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

From super typhoon strength upon landfall, cyclone “Rolly” (international name “Goni”) has substantially weakened into a tropical storm late Sunday.


In the 11 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has lifted or lowered storm signals in several areas.

It has lifted tropical cyclone wind signal No. 3 but Signal Nos. 2 and 1 remain hoisted.

Signal No. 2 was still raised over the western portion of Cavite (Naic, Indang, Mendez, Tagaytay City, Amadeo, Ternate, Maragondon, General Emilio Aguinaldo, Magallanes, Alfonso), western portion of Batangas (Tingloy, Bauan, Mabini, San Luis, Santa Teresita, Taal, San Nicolas, Agoncillo, Laurel, Talisay, Calaca, Lemery, Tuy, Balayan, Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan), and northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Mamburao, Paluan) including Lubang Island.

Areas under Signal No. 1 were the central portion of Occidental Mindoro (Sablayan, Santa Cruz), northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera), the rest of Batangas, Laguna, northern and western portion of Quezon (Sampaloc, Lucban, Sariaya, Lucena City, Tayabas City, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Real, General Nakar, Infanta), the rest of Cavite, Rizal, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, and southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City).

Rolly was about 150 kilometers (km) northwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or 90 km west-southwest of Sangley Pt., Cavite around 10 p.m.

It has further weakened and was downgraded into a tropical storm with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gustiness of up to 105 kph.

It had maximum sustained winds of 225 kph and gusts up to 280 kph upon its first landfall over Catanduanes. After it has made a total of four landfalls and left Luzon landmass, Rolly has gradually weakened from a super typhoon, to typhoon, and rapidly to a tropical storm.

PAGASA however said Rolly may still bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.

“Gale-force winds” may prevail in areas under Signal No. 2, and “strong breeze to near gale conditions” for areas under Signal No. 1.

Elsewhere, strong breeze to near gale conditions due to the northeasterlies will be experienced over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, and the northern portion of mainland Cagayan.

PAGASA said rough to very rough seas, with waves reaching up to 2.5-5.0 meters will prevail over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and Central Luzon, western seaboards of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro including Burias Island, and Calamian Islands, and eastern seaboards of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Bicol region.

Sea travel remains risky over these waters, especially for those using small boats.

Rolly is projected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday morning.