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"Rolly" heads for south of Metro Manila

Typhoon “Rolly” pounds Southern Luzon

MANILA – Government weathermen today said “Rolly” (International name “Goni”) has weakened as it left the coastline of Pasacao town in Camarines Sur late Sunday morning although the catastrophic violent winds and intense to torrential rainfall brought by the weather disturbance has prevailed and is expected within the next 12 hours.

The situation will continue over the western portion of Camarines Sur, Marinduque and the central and southern portions of Quezon Province, Laguna and the eastern portion of Batangas and Cavite.

“Rolly” weakened into a typhoon at 8:00 A.M. today and its eye will move towards Marinduque-Southern Quezon this afternoon. It will pass over Batangas-Cavite area late Sunday afternoon. Metro Manila will be spared from being directly hit by “Rolly” because it will pass in an area at least 70 kilometers south of the densely populated region.

It was reported “Rolly” will continue to bring heavy to intense with at times torrential rains over the Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro provinces, Bataan, Bulacan, Aurora and the easter portions of Cagayan and Isabela.

The weathermen also warned the residents in the coastal areas of storm surge of more than 3.0 meters in Catanduanes and Camarines Norte as well as the coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Camarines Sur. Storm surge of up to 3.0 meters is extended in Metro Manila, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga at Bataan but may also occur in the southeastern coastal area of Batangas in the vicinity of Tayabas Bay and most of the southern coastal areas of Quezon. Storm surge may also reach up to two meters in Marinduque, Lubang Island, Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias islands at the western coastal area of Northern Samar as well as Mindoro provinces and the remaining areas of Quezon, Camarines Sur and Batangas.

“Rolly” has maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour near the center with gustiness of up to 295 kilometers per hour as it moves westward at the speed of 25 kilometers per hour.

The Presidential Communications Operations Officed (PCOO) reported three power plants had unplanned outages including the 150-MW SDPGC which shutdown at last night due to boiler tube leak.

The Bacon-Manito Geothermal Power Plant (140 MW) Units 1 and 3 were placed under emergency shutdown as preemptive measure while its Unit 2 was put on house load.

The 1,200 MW Ilijan power plant was placed on total shutdown at 10:35 A.M. today to avoid plant damage or sudden disconnection to the power grid.

Of the country’s eight dams maintained by the National Power Corporation four reported on-going spilling operations but will not cause any flooding.”

At least 14 sections of 69-kV lines have been listed unavailable at 9:0 A.m. today while 14 230-kV lines remain unavailable due to the strong winds brought by super typhoon “Rolly” in southern Luzon.

In a statement, the NGCP said the loss of power may be caused by affected transmission facilities of the NGCP or distribution facilities of various electric cooperatives.

Health Secretary Francisco T. Duque III said his Department has already prepositioned some P26.5 million worth of medicines, drugs and medical supplies including health kits and personal protective equipment (PPEs) and other COVID-19 supplies. A total of P21.7 million worth of commodities are available and could easily be mobilize from the DOH Central Office warehouse.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said they are still compiling the data on evacuees in various temporary shelters.

It was also learned Albay Governor Al Francis Bichara visited a village affected by lahar flows from the 2,462-meter conical Mayon Volcano in Southern Luzon. (Melo M. Acuña)

Most malls in Metro Manila opted to remain closed today after government forecasters raised Tropical Wind Signal No. 4 over the National Capital Region which means very destructive typhoon-force winds will be experienced in areas under such declaration. (Melo M. Acuña)

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