Storm “Gorio” will slam into Metro Manila early Sunday before blowing out of the country this afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the metropolis and nearby Bulacan will endure hours of rainfall which may trigger landslides and flashfloods.
The storm will also affect Nueva Ecija province and other areas.
“Gorio” will dump an estimated 5–15 millimeters per hour of rain – considered moderate to heavy – in the 300 km-wide swathe.
The storm stranded more than 2,500 people in various ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas as it made landfall early Saturday in Eastern Samar.
Storm signal no. 2 was up in the provinces of Masbate including Ticao, Burias Islands, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Quezon including Polilio Island, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Bataan and Metro Manila. These areas will have winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Catanduanes, Romblon, Mindoro provinces including Lubang Island, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Samar provinces, Leyte provinces, Biliran, Northeastern Iloilo, Capiz and Aklan are under signal no. 1.
Late Saturday afternoon, the storm was 40 km southeast of Legazpi City with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and of up to 85 kph gusts. It is forecast to move northwest at 24 kph. It is expected to be 60 km northwest of Iba, Zambales this afternoon after passing Metro Manila in the morning.
Port services in Eastern Samar, Western Samar and Northern Samar were suspended, and the Coast Guard in Bicol cancelled all trips to Samar because of strong winds and rough seas.
ANTHONY VARGAS, BENJIE VERGARA and RHAYDZ BARCIA