Storm ‘Pablo’ makes landfall in Samar, over South Luzon today


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) yesterday warned residents of Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, about the passage today of tropical storm “Pablo” after making landfall over Eastern Visayas yesterday.

PAGASA weather branch chief Nathaniel Cruz, in a phone interview, said tropical storm “Pablo” made landfall over Eastern Samar yesterday afternoon, bringing rains and gusty winds over Eastern Visayas and other nearby areas.

“Pablo” may either maintain its strength or weaken after crossing the Samar-Leyte areas, Cruz disclosed. It was packing winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph while moving northwest at 17 kph yesterday afternoon.

Tropical cyclones weaken after hitting land but gain strength anew while over water. Public storm signal no. 2 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Sorsogon, Albay, Masbate, Ticao island, Burias island, Northern Samar, Western Samar, Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Biliran island as of 4 p.m. yesterday.

Signal no. 1, meanwhile, has been raised over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Marinduque, Romblon, Quezon, Polillo island, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Northern Iloilo, Northern Negros, Northern Cebu, Surigao del Norte, Siargao island, and Dinagat island.

Cruz said that after hitting land over Eastern Samar yesterday, “Pablo” was expected to head to the Bicol Region then to Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, before making its way out via the South China Sea.

Cruz said that today will be critical for Metro Manila and other Southern Luzon areas in terms of rainfall, adding that the center of tropical storm “Pablo” is expected to be very near Metro Manila Wednesday night.

Meanwhile some 1,645 passengers and 74 vehicles were stranded in three ports in Sorsogon yesterday, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) in Bicol reported.

The Philippine Coast Guard did not allow vessels to sail after typhoon signal no. 1 was hoisted over Sorsogon, grounding 43 passenger buses, 17 trucks, 14 small cars and four sea vessels in the ports of Pilar, Bulan and Matnog. (ManilaBulletin)


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