PAGASA: Signal No. 4 raised in parts of Bicol region due to world’s strongest Typhoon Rolly

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) — PAGASA has raised Signal No. 4 Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur and the northern portion of Albay due to this year’s strongest Typhoon Rolly.

The near-super typhoon is moving West Southwestward at 25 kilometers per hour, with a maximum sustained winds of 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h.

Forecasters said Rolly will reach super typhoon category in the next 12 hours as it tracks the Bicol region on Sunday. A super typhoon packs winds of more than 220 kph.

"It is as fast as a bullet train and double the speed of a vehicle traversing an expressway," said Estareja in describing a "super typhoon,” said PAGASA’s weather specialist Benison Estareja

But the state weather bureau clarifies Rolly remains under the Typhoon category, though it may soon be classified as a Super Typhoon.

The eye of Typhoon Rolly was recently located at 1850 km east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes at 10 p.m., according to PAGASA.

Signal No. 3 is hoisted over Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, Burias and Ticao Islands, Sorsogon, Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, the eastern portion of Batangas Marinduque, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, the northern portion of Romblon, and in Northern Samar.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 2 is raised in several areas in Luzon, namely, the rest of Masbate, the rest of Romblon, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, the rest of Batangas, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, the central and southern portion of Aurora, the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, and Pangasinan.

Some areas in Visayas are also under Signal No. 2. These are the northern portion of Samar, the northern portion of Eastern Samar, the extreme northern portion of Antique, and the northwestern portion of Aklan.

The lowest storm signal - Signal No. 1 - is raised in the southern portion of Cagayan, Isabela, the rest of Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, the southern portion of Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, the southern portion of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, the rest of Aurora, and Calamian Islands.

Signal No. 1 is also up in the rest of the northern portion of Antique, the rest of Aklan, the northern portion of Capiz, the northern portion of Iloilo, Biliran, the northern portion of Leyte, the rest of Samar, and the rest of Eastern Samar.

This alert means that disruptions of electrical and communication services are expected, as well as damage to trees, crops and infrastructure made of light materials, in the next 18 hours.

Smaller than “Yolanda”

Rolly is deemed strong but its diameter is smaller than Typhoon Yolanda, which killed over 6,000 people when it battered several parts of the country in 2013.

This means Rolly will affect fewer areas than Yolanda, with its heavy rains and strong gusts to be mostly felt on areas along its path such as Bicol, Calabarzon, Bicol, Metro Manila, and Central Luzon.

Ito po ang mga rehiyon kung saan kritikal ang paghahanda dahil dito mararanasan ang mga mapaminsalang hangin,” PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: These are the regions where preparation is critical because of the expected destructive winds.]

Landfall

According to PAGASA’s latest bulletin, Rolly is likely to make landfall over Catanduanes, and will pass over mainland Camarines Sur on Sunday morning.

Kapag lumakas ang high-pressure area ay posible na itong mag-landfall sa Catanduanes. Kapag ito humina ay posibleng dumaplis ang eyewall sa may northern part ng Bicol region,” Rojas told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend.

[Translation: If the high-pressure area gains strength, it is possible for Rolly to make landfall in Catanduanes. If it weakens, its eyewall may hit land in the northern part of Bicol region.]

Nonetheless, PAGASA warned of violent winds and intense rainfall in Catanduanes, Saturday night until Sunday morning and Camarines Provinces as well as in the northern portion of Albay including Rapu-Rapu Islands from Sunday early morning until afternoon.

Other areas in Luzon can also expect heavy to intense with at times torrential rains from until Sunday, PAGASA said.

In 72 hours, Rolly will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility as a severe tropical storm, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, the weather bureau is also monitoring Tropical Depression Atsani, last spotted 1,480 km East of Southern Luzon.

Atsani is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday afternoon or evening, and will be named Siony. It may make landfall in northern or Central Luzon.

1,360 stranded in ports

According to the Philippine Coast Guard, over 1,300 passengers, truck drivers and cargo helpers are stranded in ports in Bicol and the Eastern Visayas because of strong winds brought by Rolly.

The PCG added that there are 1,012 stranded individuals in various ports in Bicol while 348 are in Eastern Visayas ports as of 12 noon on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Ninoy Aquino International Airport will be temporarily closed from 10 a.m. of November 1 to 10 a.m. of November 2 due to threat from the typhoon, the Manila International Airport Authority said. Passengers are advised to coordinate with airlines on new flight schedules. MIAA added that when the airport reopens on Tuesday, priority will be given to passengers with flights scheduled on that day.

The following flights have also been cancelled: