Thu. Dec 3rd, 2020

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council Executive (NDRRMC) is gearing up for Typhoon “Rolly” as it seen to intensify in the next hours due to its destructive winds as the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) warned Signal No. 4 may be raised in some areas the storm will hit.

NDRRMC  Director Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad during Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment meeting on Friday reiterated to Regional DRRMCs to strengthen risk communication in areas to be affected by Rolly, enforce dissemination of gale warnings, and ensure the availability of resources for preparedness and response.

“The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) also said that TY (Typhoon) Rolly is expected to continuously intensify and is likely to make landfall at peak intensity of 185 to 215 kph,”NDRRMC said in a statement.

“Beginning Saturday or Sunday, Northern and Central Luzon, as well as Bicol region may experience heavy to intense rains. Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 may be raised over several provinces in the Bicol Region this afternoon,” it added.

PAGASA also noted that TCWS No. 3 or 4 may be raised and these are associated with destructive to very destructive typhoon-force winds.

Effects associated with TCWS No. 4 include “very heavy damage to high-risk structures; heavy damage to medium-risk structures; moderate damage to low-risk structures; and considerable damage to structures of light materials,” according to PAGASA.

Many houses built from medium materials are unroofed and walls might collapse. Extensive damage to agriculture is also seen, the NDRRMC warned.

As of 11:00 a.m on Friday, the center of tropical depression was spotted at 1,100 kilometers east of Central Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 165 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 205 kmh.

Rolly is forecast to move west-southwestward or southwestward tomorrow until Saturday evening and is likely to make landfall over the Central Luzon-Quezon on Sunday evening or Monday morning.

The state weather bureau also said that the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon may experience rough to very rough seas thus sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for mariners of small sea crafts.

Moderate to rough seas, meanwhile, will be experienced over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao and the remaining seaboards of Luzon. Mariners of small sea crafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions, PAGASA added.

CAMARINES SUR GETS READY

The provincial government of Camarines Norte has formed its own task force to prepare for a “worst-case scenario” as Rolly continues to approach the country’s landmass.

Tony Espanya, chief of the Camarines Norte Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office (PDRRMO), said “Task Force Rolly” is a modification of the incident command system (ICS) that the province is presently using in their campaigns against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) and the African swine fever (ASF).

“Although Typhoon Rolly is forecast to be nearest northern Bicol at least two days from now, we do not want to take chances. We have to prepare and activate our emergency and tactical protocols,” Espanya told the Philippine News Agency.

He said they would be issuing advisories to alert the public of any order from the provincial government regarding the weather disturbance.

“But over and above these preparations, we are making sure that the health protocols due to Covid 19 are being strictly observed,” Espanya said.

Low-lying towns in Camarines Norte perennially suffer from flooding during heavy downpour triggered by monsoon rains or typhoons.

Cave-ins in the mining towns of Paracale and Jose Panganiban were also reported in the past typhoons that hit the province. SOVEREIGNPH WITH PNA AND PIA

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