MANILA, 29June2013 (PNA) – At least 30 areas including Metro Manila were placed under public storm warning signal 1 and 2 as tropical storm Gorio is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar on Saturday morning, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astrnomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
Weather Forecaster Jori Loiz said that as of 5:00 a.m. Saturday, tropical storm Gorio was spotted some 90 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar (11.4°N, 126.3°E) ) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 85 kph.
Loiz said it expected to make landfall in eastern Samar as it continues to traverse the east coast of the country.
He added that Gorio is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph and expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday morning.
Loiz said the public may expect light to moderate rains over Luzon including Metro Manila by Saturday evening due to extended cloudiness of tropical storm that will enhance the southwest monsoon.
Loiz said the 10 areas placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) are Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Samar Provinces, Biliran and Leyte.
Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Camarines Norte, Quezon, Polillo Island, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Aklan, Capiz, Northeastern Iloilo, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Province and Siargao Island.
“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.
It also warned those living in coastal areas against big waves or storm surges generated by Gorio.
PAGASA said Gorio may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km diameter.
It said Gorio is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph and may be at the vicinity of Legazpi City in Albay by Sunday morning.
By Monday morning, it is expected to be in the vicinity of Iba, Zambales, and at 500 km northwest of Iba, Zambales by Tuesday morning.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region will have stormy weather while Metro Manila and the Region of Calabarzon and the Provinces of Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Aklan, Capiz, Northeastern Iloilo, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Dinagat at Siargao Island will experience rains with gusty winds and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
It added that the provinces of Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and the rest of Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA added that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas and coming from southwest over Mindanao with moderate to rough seas.
Light to moderate winds coming from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be slight to moderate. (PNA)