Monday, July 14, 2014

Typhoon Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda) Update #9

Issued (0330 UTC) 1130am PhT 071514

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If you missed it, we released a Video Update this morning containing complete analysis and in-depth forecasts for the areas that will be impacted by Typhoon Glenda.

Typhoon Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda) continues to slightly intensify as it moves very near Northern Samar. The eye of Rammasun was last located approximately 60km east northeast of Catarman, Northern Samar, 130km southeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or about 150km east southeast of Legazpi City, Albay. Maximum sustained winds are now at 155kph with gusts of up to 195kph. Typhoon Rammasun is moving westward at 25kph.

As of 11am this morning, PAGASA has raised the following Signal Warnings:

Signal #3: Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Masbate, Ticao and Burias Island, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Northern Samar, Samar, and Eastern Samar.

Signal #2: Rest of Quezon, Polilio Island, Batangas, Laguna, Cavite, Rizal, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, Metro Manila, Biliran, Rest of Samar and Eastern Samar, Northern part of Leyte.

Signal #1: Romblon, Mindoro, Lubang Island, Zambales, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pangasinan, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, Aurora, Southern Part of Leyte, Camotes Island.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the eye appearing nicely now as the system continues to intensify over water. The eyewall is brushing the northern coast of Samar with Catarman reporting winds of up to 80kph. Rain clouds are also affecting much of Southern Luzon and parts of Visayas. We're already seeing reports of up to 50mm of rainfall accumulation in the last 12 hours. We're expecting another 100 to 200mm of rain which will bring flooding and landslides.

Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) will make landfall in Sorsogon/Albay area later this afternoon at around 5 to 6pm local time. It will then cross into Bicol Region, weakening slightly, but will still bring dangerous storm surge especially in the city of Legazpi, Albay. Heavy rains will then push northwestward into Southern Luzon and into Metro Manila tonight and into tomorrow morning.

We'll have another update later this afternoon. Stay safe!

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