Luzon folks warned of flash floods, storm surges as ‘Dodong’ approaches PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 10 May 2015 15:36

Filipinos in regions within the length and breadth Typhoon Dodong that continued to approach Philippines Saturday are warned about possible flash floods, landslides, storm surges and waves over 14 meters high.

The fourth typhoon to visit the country, ‘Dodong’ is forecast to move west-northwestwards at 20 kilometers per hour and landfall over the Isabela-Cagayan provinces area early Sunday morning, PAGASA said.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of provinces with public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.m. severe weather bulletin Saturday.

The agency reported “heavy to intense” rainfall within the 200-kilometer diameter of “Dodong.”

PAGASA also noted storm surges of up to 2.5 meters high possible over the eastern coast of the provinces of Camarines Sur, Quezon and Isabela provinces.

“People must refrain from staying in beaches there for the meantime,” People must also avoid sailing in seas bordering the areas under storm warning signals as waves over 1.0 meter high are expected there, PAGASA cautioned.

The bulletin said “very light” to “heavy” damage are likely to houses and other structures in areas already under storm warning signals

PAGASA said Dodong continued packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 195 kilometers per hour.

Storm signal warning nomber 3 prevails Saturday  over Cagayan, Isabela and northern Aurora provinces where PAGASA expects, in 18 hours from the bulletin’s issuance, winds between 121 kilometers per hour and 170 kilometers per hour.

“Communities there have that remaining lead time to prepare accordingly,” said PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada.

Expected in seas along the three provinces are waves over 14 meters high, noted PAGASA.

Areas already under PSWS 2 are Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, Catanduanes and Quirino provinces, Polillo Island, Calayan and Babuyan group of islands as well as the rest of Aurora province.

PAGASA expects in 24 hours winds of 61 kilometers per hour to 120 kilometers per hour in those areas under PSWS 2.

Waves between 4.10 meters and 14 meters high are possible in sea waters bordering the areas, PAGASA said.

Storm signal number 1 has been issued in Batanes, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines sur, Albay and Sorsogon provinces all in northern Philippines as well as Northern Samar in central Philippines.

The areas can experience, in 36 hours, winds between 30 kms per hour and 60 kms per hour, said PAGASA.

Such winds aren’t strong enough to generate storm surges in coastal communities there, Cada clarified, however.

The agency expects ‘Dodong’ to leave Philippines on Sunday afternoon via Cagayan province in the north.