The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Friday said that Typhoon Yolanda continues to move over the landmass of the Visayas as the agency advised the residents to take precautionary measures.
In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Elvie Enriquez said typhoon Yolanda has already made three landfalls — first in Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 4:40 a.m., second landfall over Dulag-Tolosa Leyte around 7 a.m. then as of 8 a.m. the typhoon crossed Ormoc City.
She added that as of 8 a.m. the eye of typhoon “Yolanda” was located at the vicinity of Ormoc City, Leyte with maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph and it is forecast to move west northwest at 39 kph.
Enriquez said that if typhoon Yolanda maintains its movement and speed, it is expected to traverse in Bantayan, Cebu around 10 a.m. to 12 noon; then it will move at Estancia, Iloilo around 12 noon to 2 p.m.; then around 2 p.m to 4 p.m. then typhoon will go across Boracay, Aklan; then 4 p.. to 6 p.m and the last possible landfall in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro and Busuanga, northern Palawan around 10 p.m. to 12 midnight.
Enriquez said the super typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine landmass (on Saturday early morning) towards the West Philippine Sea.
Enriquez added that Yolanda is expected to be out of country’s area responsibility by Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said on Friday morning issued a red and orange rainfall warning on some provinces in the Visayas due to typhoon Yolanda.
In its twitter account, a red warning signal issued at 8 a.m., PAGASA said heavy downpours are expected in Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Bohol, Camotes Island and northern Cebu.
At 9 a.m., PAGASA included Cebu and Siquijor in its red warning signal.
“Serious flooding is expected in low-lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas,” it said.
A red rainfall advisory is issued when downpours constitute an emergency. This is raised when observed rainfall is more than 30 mm within one hour or if rainfall has continued for the past three hours and is more than 65 mm.
When PAGASA raises a red warning, communities should be prepared to respond. It means serious flooding is seen and that residents should be ready to evacuate to safety.
Meanwhile, orange rainfall warning was raise over Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor and rest of Cebu
“Flooding is threatening in low lying areas and landslides in mountainous areas,” it said.
The orange rainfall advisory is raised in areas where rainfall is between 15 mm and 30 mm within one hour. Flooding is a definite threat in communities under the orange alert.
PAGASA also said that light to moderate rainshowers at times heavy rains will be felt in Metro Manila, Batangas, Bulacan, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal and Quezon which may persist for two to three hours. PNA