TROPICAL storm “Gorio” will slam into Metro Manila early today before blowing out of the country this afternoon, according to the weather bureau.
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 weather agency also said the storm will also dump rain on Nueva Ecija province and other areas.
The estimated amount of rainfall is from 5–15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the storm.
‘Gorio’ stranded more than 2,500 people in various ports in Bicol and Eastern Visayas as it made landfall early Saturday in Eastern Samar.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council (NDRRMC) advised residents in storm-lashed provinces to watch out for flash floods and landslides. People living in coastal areas were likewise warned about big waves or storm surges generated by the tropical cyclone.
Storm signal no. 2 was hoisted over 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, Panga-sinan, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Bataan and Metro Manila. These areas will have winds of up to 100 kilometers per hour.
Meanwhile, 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 storm signal number 1.
Late yesterday afternoon, the storm was 40 kilometers southeast of Legazpi City with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 85 kph. 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.
According to the NDRRMC, 1,271 people were stranded in the Port of Looc, and 154 in the Port of Dapdap, both in the Bicol region, while around 1,120 people were stranded in Matnog, Sorsogon.
Port services in Eastern Samar, Western Samar and Northern Samar were suspended, and the Coast Guard district in Bicol cancelled all trips to Samar because of strong winds and rough seas.
Cebu Pacific Air (CEB), Zest Airways, and PAL Express on Saturday cancelled some of their flights due to bad weather, according to the Manila International Airport Authority (MIAA). The cancelled flights were Cebu Pacific 5J-323 (Manila-Legaspi), 5J-324 (Legaspi-Manila), 5J-329 (Manila-Legaspi), 5J-330 (Legas-pi-Manila); PAL Express 2P-091 (Manila-Calbayog), 2P-092 (Calbayog-Manila), 2P-029 (Manila-Catarman), 2P-030 (Catar-man-Manila), 2P-972 (Tacloban-Manila), 2P-925 (Manila-Legaspi), 2P-926 (Legaspi-Manila); and Zest Airways Z2-320 (Manila-Tacloban) and Z2-321 (Tacloban-Manila).
MIAA’s Media Affairs Division likewise disclosed that SeAir flights DG-7044 (Manila-Tacloban), and DG-7045 (Tacloban-Manila) were also cancelled.
In Albay, Gov. Joey Salceda evacuated thousands of residents in flood prone communities to avoid casualty.
At least 59,809 families or 307,991 people in the province are threatened by flooding while 14,546 families are at risk from landslides. The storm is expected to affect 15 towns and three cities based on the report released by the Albay Public Safety and Emergency Management Office (Apsemo).
The Office of Civil Defense led by Bernardo Rafaelito “Raffy” Alejandro also activated “Task Group Sagip” across the region for possible disaster response operations here.
The task force is composed of personnel of the Armed Forces, Philippine National Police, Philippine Coast Guard and other disaster responders.
Lt. Col. Joannis Leonardi Di-maano, commanding officer of Tactical Operations Group 5-Philippine Air Force, told The Manila Times that two helicopters are on standby for disaster response operations in Bicol.