Glenda intensifies further; 21 areas under signal no. 3

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MANILA -- At least 21 areas in Luzon were placed under public storm warning signal number 3 as Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) intensified further Tuesday evening while traversing Ragay Gulf and moving toward southern Luzon, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Glenda is now packing maximum winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

As of 10:45 p.m. Tuesday, the typhoon was located at 65 kilometers southeast of Alabat, Quezon. It was moving west northwest at 19 kph.

With its movement, Glenda is expected to cross Metro Manila before noon Wednesday, July 16, and exit the Luzon landmass via Zambales by Wednesday evening, said Pagasa.

It will be at 450 kilometers northwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday, the weather bureau added.

Pagasa raised public storm warning signal number 3 (winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hours) over the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon, including Polillo Islands and Alabat Island, Marinduque, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Burias and Ticao Islands, Cavite, Bulacan, Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales and Metro Manila.

Albay, Camarines Norte and Camarines Sur have been placed under state of calamity hours after Glenda made landfall in Sorsogon area Tuesday afternoon.

With the declaration, the local government in these provinces may control the price of prime commodities and basic necessities and tap into the calamity funds to support their needs.

More than 60,000 families in Albay alone have been evacuated as Tuesday afternoon, reports said.

Eye of Typhoon #GlendaPH
Eye of Typhoon #GlendaPH via Met-Hydro Decision Support Infosys (MDSI)

Meanwhile, placed under storm signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hours) are Southern Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Romblon, Masbate, northern parts of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island.

The province of Northern Samar, which was placed under signal number 3 earlier, is now under signal number 2. Thousands of people in this province were also evacuated Tuesday due to strong winds and rains brought by the typhoon.

As of 11 p.m. Tuesday, more than 2,000 were housed at the Cathedral church in Catarman, Northern Samar alone. Electricity and communication lines were down in some parts of Northern Samar as of Tuesday night.

Effects of Typhoon Glenda felt in Catarman, Northern Samar
Photo courtesy of Joe Pete Ambos. Taken in Catarman, Northern Samar.

Public storm warning signal number 1 (winds of 30-60 Kph is expected in at least 36 hours) remained hoisted over Quirino, rest of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, rest of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, Biliran, Northern Cebu, including Cebu City, Camotes Islands, and Bantayan Island, northern part of Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Samar.

Warning signals elsewhere were lowered, said Pagasa in its 11 p.m. weather bulletin.

Effects of Typhoon Glenda felt in Catarman, Northern Samar
Typhoon Glenda toppled giant trees just outside the Legislative Building in Catarman, Northern Samar. Photo courtesy of Ariel Arpon. [See more photos]

The weather bureau still advised residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals number 3, 2 and 1 to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Those living in coastal areas under signals number 3 and 2 were also alerted against storm surges of up to three meters.

Pagasa said the typhoon will bring an estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 30.0 millimeters per hour (moderate to intense) within its 500-kilometer diameter.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts were still advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas. (Jean Mondonedo-Ynot/Sunnex)

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