PAGASA: Lando may bring 24 hours of heavy rain

Sunday, October 18th, 2015. Filed under: Philippine News
President Benigno S. Aquino III After Open Forum and receives a copy of a book authored by Forbes Media, USA chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, Jr., titled “Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy and What We can Do About It.” during the Forbes Global CEO Conference at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort & Casino in No.1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City on Wednesday (October 14, 2015). With theme: “Toward A Winning Vision.” (MNS photo)

President Benigno S. Aquino III After Open Forum and receives a copy of a book authored by Forbes Media, USA chairman and Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes, Jr., titled “Money: How the Destruction of the Dollar Threatens the Global Economy and What We can Do About It.” during the Forbes Global CEO Conference at the Grand Ballroom of the Solaire Resort & Casino in No.1 Asean Avenue, Entertainment City, Parañaque City on Wednesday (October 14, 2015). With theme: “Toward A Winning Vision.” (MNS photo)

MANILA  (Mabuhay) — Typhoon Lando has intensified further and may bring heavy rain in almost all areas in Luzon for more than 24 hours, weather bureau PAGASA said before noon Saturday.

“Kahapon six to 12 hours, pero ang huling model ay posibleng more than 24 hours. Ang tagal po ang kaulapan ng bagyo sa Luzon aabot hanggang more or less Tuesday,” PAGASA officer-in-charge Esperanza Cayanan announced during a press briefing on Saturday morning.

Cayanan added that a high pressure area and Typhoon Champi, which was seen in PAGASA’s latest satellite image hovering behind, is affecting the movement of Lando.

She said Lando may linger over Baler, Aurora when it makes landfall on Sunday.

She said areas that will be within the 600-kilometer diameter of the typhoon may experience continuous rains of 10 to 15 millimeter per hour.

“Tiyak po na babahain tayo at magkakaroon ng mga landslides,” she added.

Cayanan explained that PAGASA is announcing a severe scenario once Lando makes landfall to make sure that all concerned units and the residents in the affected areas will prepare for the worst.

“Hindi po tayo nananakot, ngunit para po tayo ay maghanda,” she said.

President Benigno Aquino III on Friday said that the public should expect six to 12 hours of intense rain from Lando.

“Kakaiba ang bagyong ito, sa sobrang bagal ng pag-usad parang nakaprimis na rin,” Aquino said in a news conference after his speech on Friday warning the country of the forecast effects of Typhoon Lando.

In its 11 a.m. Saturday update, PAGASA said Lando has intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometer per hour and gust of up to 195 kph.

The typhoon has also slowed down to 10 kph, moving west.

Cayanan said the typhoon is expected to make landfall over the Aurora-Isabela area early Sunday and exit landmass, through Ilocos Norte, by Tuesday.

She said Lando will remain a typhoon even after hitting landmass.

Cayanan, meanwhile, said that the typhoon may spawn waves as high as 14 meters or at least 45 feet at open sea.

“Fisherfolk are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao,” PAGASA said in its weather bulletin.

It added that storm surge as high as two meters or 6.5 feet is expected to hit areas that will be affected by the typhoon.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 has been hoisted over:

Aurora
Isabela
Quirino
Nueva Vizcaya
Nueva Ecija
Ifugao
northern Quezon, including Polillo Islands

Public Storm Signal No. 2 was up over:

Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands
Benguet
Mt. Province
Abra
Kalinga
Apayao
Pangasinan
La Union
Ilocos Sur
Ilocos Norte
Bulacan
Pampanga
Tarlac
Rizal
rest of Quezon
Camarines Norte
Catanduanes

Public Storm Signal No. 1 over:

Batanes
Zambales
Bataan
Cavite
Laguna
Batangas
Albay
Camarines Sur
Metro Manila

Alexander Pama, director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), said they have sent out warnings to the local government units of areas that are expected to be hit severely by the typhoon.

Pama said they have also advised local government units to implement preemptive evacuations of residents living along the river systems that may swell at the height of the typhoon.

These river systems include:

Agno River
Pampanga River
Cagayan River
Abra River

“Kung tingin po natin kailangan nang lumikas, pakiusap po natin na lumikas na po tayo,” he added.

Pama reported that at least 70 families living in critical areas in Aurora have been evacuated.

He said the NDRRMC’s response cluster has been activated and is continuously coordinating with local government units in Northern Luzon.

He said the prepositioning of relief requirements led by the Department of Social Welfare and Development continues in areas that have been earlier identified by PAGASA. (MNS)

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