Bagyong ‘Gorio’ storm signals up in 41 areas

Weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said Gorio landed in the town of Hernani, Eastern Samar at around 8 a.m., placing more areas under public storm warning signals.

Public storm warning signal no.2 (winds of 61-100 kilometers per hour) has been hoisted over:

Ticao Island
Burias Island
Camarines Sur
Camarines Norte
Polilio Island
Samar provinces
Public storm warning signal no.1 (winds of 45-60 kph) has been raised over:

Oriental Mindoro
La Union
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Ecija
Metro Manila
Southern Leyte
Northeastern Iloilo
Northern Cebu
Camotes Island
Bantayan Island
PAGASA said Gorio has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

Gorio was moving northwest at 19 kph.

“Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals number 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone,” PAGASA said in its bulletin issued 11 a.m.

The storm is expected to dump 5 to 15 millimeters per hour of rain (moderate to heavy) within its 300-kilometer diameter.

As of 10 a.m. Saturday, the center of Gorio was estimated at 30 kilometers southeast of Catbalogan, Samar.

Gorio is expected to be near Alabat, Quezon by Sunday morning. By Monday morning, it will be at 170 kilometers east of Dagupan City.

Metro Manila threat

The storm might hit Metro Manila after making landfall in the Visayas, according to weather forecasts on the storm.

Storm tracking made by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Watch Center (JTWC) based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, indicates that the metropolis will feel Gorio’s brunt late Saturday night until Sunday morning.

A projected track of the storm shows Gorio hitting Samar first, before hammering the Bicol Region, Southern Tagalog, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon.

The storm is expected to exit into the West Philippine Sea near Lingayen Gulf.

The JTWC said Gorio will gather strength before making landfall in Samar, and then weaken as it rolls across the archipelago.

It will again intensify when it reaches the West Philippine Sea before making another landfall in China.

Mario Palafox, senior forecaster at state bureau PAGASA, told ABS-CBN News Friday that the heavy rains may start falling in Metro Manila Saturday afternoon.

“At inaasahan nating bukas ng hapon ay medyo magdedeteriorate na o pasasama na yung panahon natin. At tuloy tuloy yan hangang Monday. Sa Monday inaasahan natin na mas malakas yung ulan na mararanasan,” he said.

“Dito sa may Eastern Visayas at dito sa may Southern Luzon, buong Luzon na, inaasahan nating magiging maulan tayo dito so kung may balak tayong mag-outing sa weekend, ay mabuting pagpaliban natin,” Palafox warned.

“Inaasahan nating bukas ng tanghali, yung bandang Northern Samar siya maglalandfall, unang maglalandfall. So buong Samar, inaasahan nating magiging maulan sila at pagbugso ng hangin na mararanasan at pagkatapos noon, tatawid siya ng Samar at magsesecond landfall o pangalawang landfall siya dito sa may bandang Aurora,” he said.

“Inaasahan nating tatawid siya ng Central Luzon. Mag-eexit siya siya doon sa Pangasinan, La Union area ng mga Monday tapos Tuesday ng hapon inaasahan nating makakalabas na siya ng ating Philippine area of responsibility,” Palafox said.

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