MANILA, 29June2013 (PNA) – Tropical Storm Gorio (international code name Rumbia) made landfall over Eastern Samar province on Saturday morning as 42 areas including Metro Manila are still under public storm warning signal no. 2 or 1, state weather forecasters said.
In a post on its Twitter account, PAGASA said Gorio made landfall in Hernani town in Eastern Samar around 8:00 a.m.
Hernani, 56 km south of Borongan, the provincial capital of Eastern Samar, is an agricultural coastal town where fishing is the second biggest source of income for its 7,900 inhabitants.
PAGASA said that as of 10:00 a.m., tropical storm Gorio was spotted some 30 km Southeast of Catbalogan, Samar (11.6°N, 125.1°E) packing maximum winds of 65 kph near the center with gustiness of up to 80 kph.
TS Gorio is forecast to move northwest at 19 kph and expected to be at the vicinity of Alabat, Quezon on Sunday morning. By Monday morning, the tropical storm is forecast to be at 170 km east of Dagupan City and by Monday evening at 370 km east of Sinait, Ilocos Sur.
PAGASA has placed 14 areas under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds). These are Masbate including Ticao Island, Burias Islands, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Quezon including Polilio Island, Samar provinces, Biliran and Leyte.
Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bataan, Bulacan, Zambales, Tarlac, La Union, Benguet, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Pangasinan, Metro Manila, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Northeastern Iloilo, Northern Cebu, Camotes Island and Bantayan Island.
“Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals Number 2 & 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, all public storm signals in Mindanao are now lowered.
PAGASA said Gorio may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km radius. (PNA)