Jun 282013

TS Gorio seen cutting across Luzon, west-northwest at 15kph

TS Gorio seen cutting across Luzon, west-northwest at 15kph. PAGASA forecast in its 11:00 p.m. storm bulletin that TS Gorio will move west-northwest at a pace 15 kilometers per hour with top near-center winds of up to 80 kph. By Saturday evening Gorio may be in the Vicinity of Catarman, Northern Samar. The storm is forecast Sunday evening to be at or ner Cabanatuan City and then by Monday evening, the forecast position is 390 km Northwest of Dagupan City. PAGASA

Tropical Storm Gorio (international code name Rumbia) may make landfall over Eastern Samar Saturday morning, even as Metro Manila and 27 other areas were under storm signals, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said Metro Manila, which is under Signal No. 1, may expect the effects of Tropical Storm Gorio starting Saturday afternoon.

“Inaasahan natin tumama ito sa kalupaan mamayang umaga sa Eastern Samar (We expect Gorio to make landfall on Eastern Samar later this morning),” Cada said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He said their models show Gorio may exit the Philippine area of responsibility Tuesday morning.

PAGASA’s 5 a.m. advisory said Gorio was estimated at 100 km east of Borongan City as of 4 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It said Gorio is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph and may be the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay by Sunday morning.

By Monday morning, it is expected to be in the vicinity of Iba, Zambales, and at 500 km northwest of Iba, Zambales by Tuesday morning.

Storm signals

At least 28 areas were placed under storm signals, including eight under Signal No. 2 and 20 under Signal No. 1.

Under Storm Signal No. 2 are:

  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • Samar provinces
  • Biliran
  • Leyte

Under Storm Signal No. 1 are:

  • Camarines Norte
  • Quezon
  • Polillo Island
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Batangas
  • Laguna
  • Cavite
  • Rizal
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Northeastern Iloilo
  • Bantayan Island
  • Camotes Island
  • Southern Leyte
  • Dinagat Province
  • Siargao Island.

“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.

It also warned those living in coastal areas against big waves or storm surges generated by Gorio.

PAGASA said Gorio may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km diameter.  — ELR, GMA News

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