“Rolly” is now a super typhoon with gusts of 310kph

[UPDATED: 8:30 am]

The Philippine weather bureau has categorized tropical cyclone Rolly (international name: Goni) as a super typhoon with maximum sustained winds of 225 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 310 km/h.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration-Department of Science and Technology (PAGASA-DOST) said in its 5 am advisory that Rolly made landfall over Bato, Catanduanes at 4:50 this morning.

Rolly made its second landfall at Tiwi, Albay at 7:20 this morning, PAGASA added in its 8 am advisory.

The super typhoon is expected to bring catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall over Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norter, Albay, northern parts of Sorsogon and the central and southern parts of Quezon.

“This a particularly dangerous situation for these areas,” the bureau said.

PAGASA said  that Rolly’s center will be heading towards CALABARZON and is forecast to exit the mainland Luzon landmass and emerge over the Philippine Sea tomorrow early morning.

The typhoon will bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro Provinces, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, and the eastern portions of mainland Cagayan and Isabela, the agency announced.

It added that very destructive to devastating typhoon-force winds will be experienced in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) #4 and #5, destructive typhoon-force winds in areas under TCWS #3, damaging gale- to storm-force winds in areas under TCWS #2, and strong breeze to near gale conditions in areas under TCWS #1.

In the next 24 hours, there is a high risk of storm surge of more than 3.0 m over the coastal areas of Catanduanes and Camarines Norte and the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Camarines Sur.

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 may also experience sorm surges of up to three meters.

Coastal areas of Marinduque, Lubang Island, Albay, Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands), Northern Samar, and Eastern Samar and the remaining coastal areas of Quezon, Camarines Sur, and Batangas will likewise experience storm surges of up to two meters, PAGASA said.

The lakes of Laguna de Bay and Taal may also experience life-threatening coastal inundations, it added.

Supertyphoon Rolly is moving west-southwestward at 25 km/h and is expected to exit between Cavite and the Bataan Peninsula towards the West Philippine Sea by Monday. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)

1.9M Filipinos to be affected by ‘Ompong’

Nearly two million Filipinos are expected to be severely affected by the oncoming “superthyphoon” Ompong (Mangkhut) when it hits Northern Luzon on Saturday, the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN OCHA) said.

As many as 1.9 million residents live within the 200 kilometer radius of Typhoon Ompong’s projected track near Batanes, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte and Apayao on September 15, UN OCHA said.

The agency added that 429,012 houses are also expected to be battered by the typhoon.

Currently packing 200kph strong winds and gusts of up to 245kph, Ompong is expected to cause damage within its 200 kilometers radius with at least 100kph winds.

Basco, Batanes to the north and Tuguegarao City to the south of the storm’s path are expected to be severely affected.

In an information graphic released Wednesday night, the agency revealed that the eye of the storm is not expected to hit land but would barrel through between the Batanes Islands and Cagayan Province on Saturday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its severe weather bulletin of September 13, however, said Ompong is expected to make landfall near Sta. Ana, Cagayan early morning of Saturday.

Ompong is expected to be the strongest weather system to hit the country this year.

Supertyphoon Lawin (Haima) also hit Cagayan Province in 2016 with 250kph winds, causing 19 deaths and an estimated Php60 billion in damages to livelihood and properties. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)