More areas under storm warning signals

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- More areas were placed under storm warning signals as Typhoon Glenda (Rammasun) approaches the eastern part of the Philippines, the state weather agency said Tuesday.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's (Pagasa) latest weather bulletin, the provinces of Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur and Burias and Ticao Islands in Luzon and Northern Samar in Visayas are now under public storm warning signal number 3 (101 -185 kilometers per hour winds).

Under storm warning signal 2 (61-100 kph winds) are the provinces of Camarines Norte, Masbate, Marinduque, Quezon including Polillo Islands, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Samar and Eastern Samar.

Under storm warning signal 1 (30-60 kph winds) are the provinces of Romblon, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Aurora Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union and Northern Leyte including Biliran Island.

Pagasa said that as of 12 p.m. Tuesday, Typhoon Glenda was located at
40 kilometers (km) northeast of Catarman, northern Samar or at 130 km southeast of Legazpi City, Albay.

Glenda is expected to make landfall over Albay-Sorsogon area Tuesday afternoon. It has maximum winds of 120 to 150 kilometers per hour (kph) and is forecast to move west at 20 kph.

"Provinces to be directly affected by Glenda: Albay, Camarines Provinces, Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Bataan, Zambales, Bulacan and Pampanga," the weather bureau said.

The local government units of Sorsogon, Albay, Northern Samar, Camarines Sur, Quezon and Catanduanes implemented pre-emptive evacuation Tuesday morning in anticipation to the effects of the Typhoon Glenda, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said.

Alexander Pama, NDRRMC executive director, said some there were 12,170 evacuation centers ready to receive evacuees in the areas where public storm warning signals were hoisted.

"Bagamat nasa mga local government unit ang desisyon kung kailan magpapatupad ng pre-emptive evacuation nararapat lamang na maglabas na ang mga ito ng desisyon kung kinakailangan dahil ayon sa Pagasa ngayong gabi mag-lalandfall ang bagyo sa Albay at Sorsogon," Pama said.

Pama said 21 provinces near coastal areas under public storm warning signal numbers 2 and 3 are at risk of experiencing floods due to storm surges up to three meters, which can be generated by Typhoon Glenda.

According to the NDRRMC, there were a total of 4,331 passengers, 41 sea vessels, 438 rolling cargoes and 11 motor bancas stranded at the ports in Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Batangas, Mamburao, Calapan, Lucena, Romblon, Catbalogan and Tacloban.

Classes in all levels were cancelled in the areas of Laguna, Albay, Camarines Sur, Naga City, Pateros and San Juan City while there were no classes for the pre-schools in Camarines Norte and Las Pinas City.

In Cavite, Rizal (Cainta, Antipolo City, Cardona, Teresa, Morong, Ridriguez, Angono and San Mateo), Manila, Quezon City Paranaque City, Pasay, Pasig, Muntinlupa, Valenzuela, Mandaluyong, Makati, Caloocan City, Marikina City, Navotas City, Malabon City and Taguig City, there were no classes from pre-school to high school levels and elementary to high school levels in Catanduanes and Sorsogon.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama announced Tuesday the suspension of classes in all levels in public schools in the city due to bad weather condition.

Rama is asking the administrators of private schools to do the same.

The Department of Transportation and Communication (DOTC) said 47 domestic flights and four international flights were cancelled due to bad weather.

Pama urged the individuals in the areas affected by the weather disturbance to avoid going out of their houses during heavy downpour and to communicate and cooperate with their local government executives for helpful information and to avoid untoward incidents.

Pagasa said Glenda is expected to be in the vicinity of the National Capital Region (NCR) Wednesday morning and will exit the Luzon landmass via Zambales area by afternoon. (Sunnex)

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