Storm warning signal No. 1 was raised over Catanduanes on Friday night as Typhoon “Rolly” further intensified to maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) while moving toward the country’s landmass, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Based on PAGASA’s latest severe weather bulletin, Catanduanes was placed under tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 where 30 to 60 kilometers per hour winds will prevail within 36 hours.
As Rolly is still moving over the Philippine waters, PAGASA said the storm warning signal No. 1 could be raised over parts of Northern Samar and the rest of the Bicol Region within Friday night.
PAGASA had earlier said that Rolly will continue to gain more strength as it nears Luzon landmass and faces the prospect of raising Signal No. 4.
This means “destructive to very destructive typhoon-force winds” in areas directly in the typhoon’s path.
PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said the eye of Rolly was spotted 980 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora, as of Friday afternoon. It now packs maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.
The typhoon continues to move west at 20 kph. Based on PAGASA’s forecast track, Rolly will turn west-northwest while moving over the sea off the coast of Bicol Region toward the eastern coast of Aurora-Quezon.
Rolly is expected to make landfall in the Aurora-Quezon area between Sunday night or early Monday at a peak intensity of 175 to 195 kph, Ordinario said.
Though still far from the land, the typhoon’s trough and the northeasterly surface windflow will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Bicol Region, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela.
Heavy to intense rains over Northern and Central Luzon and Bicol Region, especially in areas along the track of Rolly, will be felt beginning Saturday or Sunday, PAGASA added.
Meanwhile, the state weather bureau warned the public on a possible storm surge of up to 2 meters which may be experienced over the coastal areas of Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Bicol Region, and Northern Samar.
Strong to gale force winds associated with the northeasterly surface windflow will also be experienced over the seaboards of Luzon.
With this, PAGASA raised a gale warning over the coast of Batanes, northern coast of Ilocos Norte, northern coast of Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, northern coast of Camarines provinces, northern and eastern coast of Catanduanes, eastern coast of Quezon including Polilio Island, coasts of Isabela, Aurora, and Ilocos Sur, eastern coast of Cagayan, and western coast of Ilocos Norte.
Sea travel remains risky, especially for small seacraft, over seaboards where a gale warning was raised due to rough to very rough sea conditions and wave height of up to 4.5 meters, PAGASA warned.