MANILA– Government warned about possible flash floods, landslides, storm surges and waves over 14 meters high mainly in northern and eastern Luzon as typhoon ‘Dodong’ (international name ‘Noul’) continued nearing the country.
“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of provinces with public storm warning signals (PSWSs) 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 released 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 are possible over the eastern coast of Camarines Sur, Quezon and Isabela provinces so people must refrain from staying in beaches there for the meantime.
People must also avoid sailing in seas bordering the areas under PSWSs as waves over 1.0 meter high are expected there, PAGASA cautioned.
Also possible is “very light” to “heavy” damage to houses and other structures in areas already under PSWSs, PAGASA continued.
According to PAGASA, ‘Dodong’ continued packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near its center and gustiness of up to 195 kilometers per hour.
PSWS 3 is prevailing 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.
PSWS 1 is over Batanes, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines sur, Albay and Sorsogon provinces all in Luzon as well as Northern Samar in the Visayas.
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.
Open seas along the areas can have waves 1.25 meters to 4.0 meters high, PAGASA said.
PAGASA located ‘Dodong’ 460 east of Infanta, Quezon at 10 a.m. Saturday.
‘Dodong’ is forecast to move west-northwestwards at 20 kilometers per hour and landfall over the Isabela-Cagayan area early Sunday morning (May 10), PAGASA also said.
The agency expects ‘Dodong’ to exit the Philippine landmass around Sunday afternoon via Aparri municipality in Cagayan.
PAGASA also said that ‘Dodong’ would likely be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday evening (May 11). PNA