Glenda intensifies; Storm signal #3 up in 4 areas

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MANILA -- Glenda (Rammasun), the seventh tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year, intensified into a typhoon Monday evening, said the weather bureau in its latest bulletin.

With this, public storm warning signal number 3 was hoisted over the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay and Sorsogon in Luzon, as well as Northern Samar in the Visayas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10 p.m. Monday, Glenda slowed down as it continues to move west toward Bicol Region.

It was located 400 kilometers east of Legazpi City in Albay as of 10 p.m. Monday, packing maximum winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Pagasa forecast Glenda to move west at 20 kph and said it may make landfall over Albay-Sorsogon area by Tuesday evening, and cross Albay towards southern Luzon.

By Wednesday morning, Pagasa said the typhoon will be in the vicinity of the National Capital Region but will exit the landmass via Zambales area by Wednesday afternoon.

Glenda will be out of PAR or at 550 kilometers west of Laoag City by Thursday evening, Pagasa added.

Typhoon Glenda track
Track of Tropical Storm #GlendaPH via Met-Hydro Decision Support Infosys [CLICK ON THE IMAGE TO ENLARGE]

Also placed under public storm warning signals are the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands, Marinduque, and Southern part of Quezon in Luzon; as well as the northern part of Samar and northern part of Eastern Samar.

These areas remained under storm signal number 2, while placed under signal number 1 were Romblon, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Southern Aurora, rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, and Metro Manila in Luzon; and the rest of Eastern Samar and of Samar, Northern Leyte, including Biliran Island in the Visayas.

Pagasa warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals number 3, 2 and 1 against possible flashfloods and landslides.

"Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal #3 and #2 are alerted against storm surges," said the weather bureau in its 11 p.m. Monday weather bulletin.

Glenda will bring an estimated rainfall amount of 7.5–25 millimeters per hour (moderate - intense) within its 500-kilometer diameter, the weather bureau said.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of Luzon and of Visayas," it added.

As of 4 p.m. Monday, a total of 995 passengers, 146 rolling cargoes, 16 vessels and 12 motor bancas were stranded at the ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas, said the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

In preparation for Typhoon Glenda, fishermen in Philippines
Filipino fishermen check on their boat that are docked on top of piles of garbage as they prepare for a coming storm along a coastal village in Navotas, north of Manila, Philippines on Monday, July 14, 2014. (AP)

As Glenda nears land, classes in several areas in Luzon have also been suspended.

As of 12:20 a.m., cancellation of classes was announced in the following areas, according to the Department of Education.

All levels

* Camarines Sur
* San Juan City
* Laguna
* Bulacan
* Pateros

Preschool to high school

* Muntinlupa
* Cavite
* Bacoor City
* Caloocan City
* Paranaque City
* Taguig City
* Mandaluyong City
* Marikina City
* Makati City
* Quezon City
* Navotas City
* Malabon City
* Pasig City
* Pasay City
* Angono, Rizal
* Cainta, Rizal
* Cardona, Rizal
* Taytay, Rizal
* San Mateo, Rizal
* Caloocan City
* Valenzuela City
* Antipolo City
* Manila

Preschool and elementary

* Malolos City (public and private)
* Las Pinas (public and private)

Rules on suspension of classes in Philippines
Rules on suspension of classes (Source: DepEd)

Aside from class suspension, all disaster risk reduction and management councils from Ilocos (Region 1) to Albay (Region 5) were alerted against the typhoon.

NDRRMC Executive Director Usec. Alexander Pama appealed Monday to all local chief executives to coordinate with the agency and warn their people against possible effects of the typhoon.

"We would like to appeal to all local chief executives to come forward if you need help...We are all working on a very limited time," Pama said in a press briefing Monday.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) has also stepped up preparations as Glenda intensified Monday.

It said it had prepositioned food packs at the National Relief Operation Center (NROC) in Pasay City as augmentation if the need arises.

As of noon Monday, DSWD Secretary Corazon Soliman has instructed the NROC to preposition some 42,804 food packs, 709,931 assorted food items and 455,883 non-food items as standby assistance and ready for distribution to affected areas.

She also ordered for the activation of the Regional Emergency Management Team of DSWD Field Offices consisting of Social Welfare Action Development (SWAD) teams in concerned regions not only to monitor but to quickly respond when needed.

DSWD-Field Offices in Northern and Central Luzon, which are along Glenda’s path, had prepositioned some 78,608 family food packs for immediate distribution to local government units.

A total of 209,875 assorted food items and 101,326 non-food items were already in the DSWD field offices as the storm entered PAR Sunday.

All concerned Field Offices of DSWD were also directed to continue its coordination efforts with the local government units in their respective areas to ensure that the needs of the affected families will be immediately addressed. (Jean Mondonedo-Ynot/With PNA/Sunnex)

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