18 October 2015

Typhoon "Lando" Makes Landfall

Typhoon Lando
The state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced today (18 October) at about 1:00 A.M. that Typhoon #LandoPH had made landfall at Casiguran, Aurora.

The typhoon had intensified through 17 October afternoon and evening and was previously forecast to touch down somewhere along the coast of Aurora Province, Isabela or the northern stretch of Quezon Province, in the wee hours before dawn, after approaching from the fringe of the Pacific Ocean.

Alexander Pama, Administrator of the Office of Civil Defense and also Executive Director of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, had mobilized disaster offices in the concerned areas threatened by the typhoon to brace for what PAGASA has forecast to be rainfall amount that is "heavy to intense within the 650 km diameter of the typhoon."

Storm surge events "may reach a maximum of 3 meters in Aurora and neighboring provinces, while wave heights in open sea may reach up to 14 meters or higher," the PAGASA bulletin elaborated.

At 4:00 P.M. last 17 October, the center of the typhoon was plotted by PAGASA at 230 km east of Baler, Aurora (15.8°N, 123.8°E), with inclement weather marked by maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gusts of up to 210 kph. The storm was forecast to move west at 10 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 4 (171-220 kph expected in 12 hours) has been raised over Aurora.

Signal No. 3 (121-170 kph expected in 18 hours) was hoisted over Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Nueva Ecija, Ifugao and Northern Quezon including Polillo Islands.

Signal 2 (61-120kph expected in 24 hours), on the other hand, is up over Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan group of Islands, Benguet, Mt. Province, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Rizal, rest of Quezon, Camarines Norte and Metro Manila.

Signal 1 (30-60kph expected in 36 hours) is up over Batanes, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, northern Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Camarines Sur, Albay and Catanduanes.

According to Project-Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH), 100 mm of rain may cause landslide in certain areas.

Below is the list of municipalities that will possibly experience more than 100 mm of rainfall per day until October 20, Tuesday:

NOAH-Rainfall Warning