Friday, June 28, 2013

Tropical Storm Rumbia (Gorio) Update #3 (LANDFALL)

Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 062913

TD 06W has intensified into Tropical Storm Rumbia (Bagyong Gorio). The storm has also made landfall in Eastern Samar a few hours ago. TS Rumbia is now crossing the island of Samar and was last located approximately 30km north northeast of Catbalogan City or about 40km east of Calbayog City. Maximum sustained winds are at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Rumbia is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Samar Provinces, Biliran, Leyte, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Burias, and Ticao Island. Signal #1 for Camarines Norte, Quezon, Polilio 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.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the bulk of cloudiness associated with Tropical Storm Rumbia continues to move inland across the Visayas Region. Widespread rains continue to be reported across Samar and nearby islands. Many areas have already recorded more than 50mm of rain so far this morning and more is on the way. Flooding and landslides are highly likely especially in Eastern Visayas.

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

TS Rumbia will continue moving northwestward passing through the numerous islands in the Visayas Area. Many areas under Signal Warnings from PAGASA could receive as much as 100mm of rain over the next 24 hours. By tomorrow, Rumbia (Gorio) should be moving towards Bicol and Southern Luzon regions bringing widespread rains in those areas as well. Metro Manila will also begin to see rains tomorrow and into Monday. Due to continuous land interaction, we don't expect TS Rumbia to intensify significantly. However, once it moves into the South China Sea, it could resume intensification.

We'll have another update later today.

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