Signal no. 3 up in Catanduanes

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Monday, July 14, 2014

MANILA -- The province of Catanduanes was placed under public storm warning signal number 3 as Tropical Storm Glenda continued to intensify Monday evening while moving westward of Bicol Region, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

In a bulletin, Pagasa said winds of 101 to 185 kilometer per hour (kph) are expected to be felt in Catanduanes province within the next 24 hours.

The provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Islands, Sorsogon, Albay, Marinduque and southern part of Quezon in Luzon; and Northern Samar in Visayas, which is under public storm warning signal number 2, will have winds of 61 to 100 kph.

Signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds) was hoisted in the provinces of Romblon, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Islands, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Souther Aurora, Northern Quezon, including Polillo Island and Metro Manila in Luzon and the areas of Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran Island in the Visayas region.

Pagasa said the typhoon was spotted Monday evening at 470 kilometers east southeast of Virac, Catanduanes or at 500 kilometers east of Legazpi City, Albay, with a maximum sustained winds of 110 kph and gustiness of up to 140 kph.

The weather bureau said Tropical Storm Glenda is expected to make landfall on Tuesday morning between 8 a.m. to 9 a.m.

It will be at the vicinity of Ligao City, Albay, on Tuesday afternoon, 90 kilometers west northwest of Iba Zambales on Wednesday afternoon, and at 500 kilometers west of Laoag City Ilocos Norte on Thursday afternoon.

The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 to 25 millimeter per hour, which means moderate to heavy within the 500 km diameter of the tropical storm.

"Resident in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals numbers 1, 2 and 3 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signals 2 and 3 are alerted against storm surges." Pagasa said.

Fishing boats and other small sea vessels were also advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas regions due to the waves that may be generated by the typhoon. (Sunnex)

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