Tropical Storm “GORIO” or Bagyong Gorio News Updates and Signals : PAGASA

Tropical Storm “GORIO” has made landfall over Hernani, Eastern Samar. Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered. Synopsis: At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm “GORIO” was estimated based on all available data at 100 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (11.3°N, 126.3°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near center and gustiness of up to 85 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph. Forecast: 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. The Province of Occidental Mindoro, Palawan and the rest of Central Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. 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. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals #2 & #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Storm. The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 PM today. Weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said Gorio landed in the town of Hernani, Eastern Samar at around 8 a.m., placing more areas under public storm warning signals. Public storm warning signal no.2 (winds of 61-100 kilometers per hour) has been hoisted over: Catanduanes Camarines Sur Albay Sorsogon Masbate Burias Island Ticao Island Samar Provinces Biliran Leyte Public storm warning signal no.1 (winds of 45-60 kph) has been raised 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 Siargao Island PAGASA said Gorio has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 85 kph. Gorio was moving west northwest at 15 kph. “Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signals number 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone,” PAGASA said in its bulletin issued 5 a.m. The storm is expected to dump 5 to 15 millimeters per hour of rain (moderate to heavy) within its 300-kilometer diameter. As of 4 a.m. Saturday, the center of Gorio was estimated at 100 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. Gorio is expected to be near Legaspi City by Sunday morning. By Monday morning, it will be near Iba, Zambales. Metro Manila threat The storm might hit Metro Manila after making landfall in the Visayas, according to weather forecasts on the storm. Storm tracking made by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Watch Center (JTWC) based in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, indicates that the metropolis will feel Gorio’s brunt late Saturday night until Sunday morning. A projected track of the storm shows Gorio hitting Samar first, before hammering the Bicol Region, Southern Tagalog, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, and Northern Luzon. The storm is expected to exit into the West Philippine Sea near Lingayen Gulf. The JTWC said Gorio will gather strength before making landfall in Samar, and then weaken as it rolls across the archipelago. It will again intensify when it reaches the West Philippine Sea before making another landfall in China. Mario Palafox, senior forecaster at state bureau PAGASA, told ABS-CBN News Friday that the heavy rains may start falling in Metro Manila Saturday afternoon. “At inaasahan nating bukas ng hapon ay medyo magdedeteriorate na o pasasama na yung panahon natin. At tuloy tuloy yan hangang Monday. Sa Monday inaasahan natin na mas malakas yung ulan na mararanasan,” he said. “Dito sa may Eastern Visayas at dito sa may Southern Luzon, buong Luzon na, inaasahan nating magiging maulan tayo dito so kung may balak tayong mag-outing sa weekend, ay mabuting pagpaliban natin,” Palafox warned. “Inaasahan nating bukas ng tanghali, yung bandang Northern Samar siya maglalandfall, unang maglalandfall. So buong Samar, inaasahan nating magiging maulan sila at pagbugso ng hangin na mararanasan at pagkatapos noon, tatawid siya ng Samar at magsesecond landfall o pangalawang landfall siya dito sa may bandang Aurora,” he said. “Inaasahan nating tatawid siya ng Central Luzon. Mag-eexit siya siya doon sa Pangasinan, La Union area ng mga Monday tapos Tuesday ng hapon inaasahan nating makakalabas na siya ng ating Philippine area of responsibility,” Palafox said

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