Tropical Storm Amang (international name: Mekkhala) made landfall over Camarines Sur on Sunday morning, slightly weakening but dumping rain in many areas in Luzon.
As of Sunday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed 24 areas, including Metro Manila, under storm signals.
In Lucena City, Quezon Province Gov. David Suarez convened disaster management members to prepare for Amang which is expected to hit the province as it moves north northeast of Casiguran, Aurora province.
Albay province also reported a landslide, which allegedly buried two houses. Cedric Daep, Albay public safety officer, clarified though that no one was hurt in the incident. Initial reports said 10 people were buried.
Both Quezon and Sorsogon provinces reported experiencing brownouts Sunday as the storm damaged power facilities, according to the National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP).
Based on the NGCP’s 1 p.m. update, parts of Quezon province and the entire of Sorsogon province were disconnected from the main power grid.
In Visayas, the provinces of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar and Leyte were left without power as of 1 p.m. yesterday. The NGCP noted that the brownouts in these areas may have been caused by affected transmission facilities from either the electric cooperatives or distribution utilities.
In Pagasa’s late afternoon bulletin, Amang further weakened after crossing Camarines Sur. As of 5 PM, its center was located at Daet, Camarines Norte.
It packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It was forecast to be 170 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City this morning; 400 km east of Basco, Batanes on Tuesday morning; and 620 km east of Itbayat, Batanes on Wednesday morning.
Camarines Norte, northern Quezon (including Polillo Island and Aurora province) were placed under storm signal no. 2. These areas will have stormy weather with heavy to intense rains. Residents along coastal areas are also alerted against possible storm surges.
Placed under storm signal 1 are Camarines Sur,Rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna,Metro Manila, Rizal, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Quirino, Isabela.
In preparing for Amang’s impact, Governor Suarez declared a suspension of classes for elementary and high school today as he appealed to residents to coordinate with their local officers and stay informed.
Pagasa reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides. It added ocean waves may reach up to 6.5 meters within Amang’s 350-km diameter.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao, it said.
Pagasa also issued a yellow rainfall alert warning of possible flooding in low-lying areas. It also said light to moderate rains are affecting Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Rizal and Bulacan.