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Please watch our Video Update below for complete analysis and in-depth forecast for Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda).
Rammasun (Bagyong Glenda) has rapidly intensified overnight and is now a Category 1 Typhoon. The system was last located approximately 120km east northeast of Catarman, Northern Samar, 180km southeast of Virac, Catanduanes, or about 220km east southeast of Legazpi, Albay. Maximum sustained winds are at 150kph with gusts of up to 185kph. Typhoon Rammasun is currently moving westward at 20kph.
VIS Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the center of Rammasun moving very near the island of Samar. The central dense overcast remains strong and symmetrical with the center surrounded by strong convective activity. Much of Bicol and Eastern Visayas are already experiencing heavy rains and strong winds. Weather conditions will only get worse throughout the day today.
Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)
Typhoon Rammasun (Glenda) is forecast to make landfall in the Albay/Sorsogon area later this evening. The system will then move across the Bicol Region and eventually into Southern Luzon. Metro Manila will experience strong winds and very heavy rain tonight and into tomorrow. Even parts of Northern Luzon could see heavy rains by Wednesday.
Rammasun is forecast to exit Luzon into the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) by Thursday morning and will head towards Southern China by late this week. Heavy rains will continue across Luzon by Thursday but the weather should slowly improve later that day.
We'll have another update this noon. Stay safe!