Landfall by 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
DOST Undersecretary Graciano Yumul Jr. said that with the course change, “Ang ating landfall inaasahan natin sa ibabaw ng Isabela at Aurora na, sa pagitan ng 8 at 10 a.m.,” he said in an interview on dzBB radio.
He said PAGASA projections show Quiel may exit northern Luzon via Ilocos Sur between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Sunday.
Yumul also said there is a chance Quiel may slam into the Sierra Madre mountain range and weaken after doing so.
“Inaasahan natin hihina siya,” he said.
Yumul added that Metro Manila, now under Signal No. 1, can expect rain along with parts of Central Luzon such as flood-hit Bulacan and Pampanga.
In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said “Quiel” was estimated at 160 km Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora as of 4 a.m. Saturday.
Preemptive evacuation intensified before dawn Saturday in coastal areas of Isabela province.
Provincial police chief, Senior Superintendent Jimmy Rivera said these coastal areas are at high risk from floods and heavy rain from Quiel,” radio dzBB’s Carlo Mateo reported.
Divilacan and Maconacon towns are being evacuated, the report said.
In Divilacan, at least 15 families were brought to a nearby evacuation center. In Maconacon, 22 families or 77 people were initially brought to the Maconacon High School.
“Kung pwedeng lumikas na sila, lumikas na,” Undersecretary Yumul appealed to residents still in the path of Quiel.