7 provinces under signal no. 3

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MANILA - Seven provinces are now under public storm warning signal number 3 as Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) has maintained its strength and continues to move westward towards Bicol Region, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Tuesday.

Pagasa weather forecaster Alvin Pura said public storm warning signal number 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is expected in at least 18 hours) has been raised over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Burias and Ticao Islands and Northern Samar.

Pura said the areas placed under public storm warning signal 2 (61-100 kph winds is expected in at least 24 hrs) are Camarines Norte, Masbate, Marinduque, Quezon including Polilio Island, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Samar and Eastern Samar.

He added public storm warning signal 1 (30-60 kph winds is expected in at least 36 hours), on the other hand, is hoisted over Romblon, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Aurora, northern Leyte including Biliran Island.

Pagasa said residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals 3, 2, and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges.

Pagasa said as of 4 a.m., the eye of typhoon Glenda was located 270 kilometers (km) east of Legazpi City packed with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Pura said Typhoon Glenda continues to move westward at 20 kph.

He said Glenda is expected to make landfall over Albay-Sorsogon area by Tuesday evening between 6 p.m. to 8 p.m..

He added the typhoon then will cross Albay towards Southern Luzon.

He also said the estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5-25 millimeters per hour (moderate-intense) within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon.

He added it will affect Metro Manila on Wednesday morning between 6 a.m. to 11 a.m..

Pura said if Glenda will not change its movement and speed it will exit the landmass via Zambales area on Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday morning it is expected to be at 185 km northwest of Iba, Zambales

Friday morning it is expected to be at 590 km West northwest of Laoag City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. (PNA)

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