• Typhoon ‘Glenda’ maintains strength as it traverses southern Luzon


    Typhoon Glenda has maintain its strength, accelerating its speed as it traverses the southern part of Luzon.

    Fifteen areas including Metro Manila are still under public storm warning signal No. 3, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

    “Tinatahak ng bagyong Glenda slightly south Metro Manila at sakop ng eyewall pero hindi tatama yung pinaka sentro but will pass by Metro Manila,” PAGASA Weather Forecaster Bernard Punzalan told Philippines News Agency (PNA) Wednesday.

    Punzalan said as of 7 a.m. the eye of Typhoon Glenda was located in the vicinity of Gen. Trias and Trece Martirez in Cavite (14.3 N,120. 9E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph and gustiness of up to 185 kph.

    PAGASA said the typhoon continues to move west northwest, accelerating its speed from 19 kph to 26 kph.

    Punzalan said typhoon Glenda has made three landfalls — first in Rapu-Rapu island, second, mainland Bicol in Legaspi and third is in Quezon province.

    He added that it is expected to make another landfall in Bataan.

    PAGASA said that areas placed under Signal No. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour is expected in at least 18 hours) were Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Quezon including Polillo and Alabat Island, Rizal, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Marinduque, northern part of Mindoro provinces including Lubang Island and Metro Manila.

    The potential impacts of the winds under Signal No. 3:

    •Heavy damage to agriculture

    •Some large trees uprooted

    •Majority of nipa and cogon houses unroofed or destroyed, considerable damage to structures of light to medium construction

    •Moderate to heavy disruption of electrical power and communication services

    •Travel by land, sea and air is dangerous

    Under Signal No. 2 (61-100 kph winds is expected in at least 24 hrs) were La Union, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Southern Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Burias Island, Romblon, rest of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro.

    The potential impacts of the winds under signal No. 2:

    •Moderate damage to agriculture

    •Rice and corn adversely affected

    •Few large trees uprooted

    •Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially or totally unroofed

    •Some old galvanized iron roofing may roll off

    •Travel by all types of sea vessels is risky

    •Travel by all types of aircraft is risky

    Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds is expected in at least 36 hours) is hoisted over Ilocos Sur, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, rest of Aurora, Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Ticao Island and Masbate.

    The potential impacts of the winds under signal No. 1:

    •Twigs and branches of trees may be broken

    •Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground

    •Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage

    •Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed

    •Sea travel of small sea crafts and fishing boats is risky

    PAGASA said residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal 3, 2, and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges of up to 3 meters.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5-30.0 mm per hour (moderate to intense) within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon.

    It added fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the Eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas. PNA


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