Glenda makes landfall

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

CEBU CITY (Updated) -- Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) hit land around 5:20 p.m. Tuesday over Sorsogon, said the weather bureau.

In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Glenda was moving west northwest at 19 kilometers per hour (kph).

The typhoon, the seventh to enter the Philippines this year, is still packing maximum winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.

At 4 p.m., the eye of Glenda was located at 60 kilometers east of Legazpi City in Albay.

Pagasa said the typhoon will cross the Bicol Region toward Southern Luzon. It is also expected to pass Metro Manila before noon Wednesday and in the vicinity of Bataan in the afternoon before it will move toward the West Philippine Sea.

By Thursday afternoon, Glenda will be at 370 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

As of 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, public storm warning signal number 3 remained hoisted over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate, Quezon, including Polillo Islands, Marinduque, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Northern Samar, northern part of Samar province, and northern part of Eastern Samar.

Under signal number 2 are Southern Aurora, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Zambales, Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Biliran, rest of Samar, rest of Eastern Samar, northern part of Leyte, and Metro Manila.

Signal number 1 was raised over Northern Aurora, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Occidental Mindoro, rest of Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Northern Cebu, including Cebu City, and Camotes Islands.

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

Glenda will bring estimated rainfall amount of 7.5-20 millimeters per hour (moderate to intense) within its 500-kilometer diameter, said Pagasa.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts were advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.

Some 31,422 families were evacuated in Albay due to the effects of Typhoon Glenda, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said Tuesday.

In its latest update, the DSWD said the 137,259 individuals who fled their homes in Albay City due to the heavy downpour brought by the typhoon are now staying in 64 evacuation centers in the said city.

The DSWD added that there were 880 families or 2,781 evacuees in Northern and Eastern Samar.

Meanwhile, 96 houses were destroyed by big waves brought by Typhoon Glenda. (Third Anne Peralta/Sunnex)

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