Five areas were placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 5 on Sunday afternoon as Super Typhoon Karding maintained its strength while endangering the Polillo Islands, PAGASA said in its 2 p.m. severe weather bulletin.
The areas under Signal 5 were:
- Polillo Islands;
- the extreme northern portion of Quezon (the northern and central portions of General Nakar, the northeastern portion of Infanta);
- the extreme southern portion of Aurora (Dingalan);
- the eastern portion of Bulacan (Doña Remedios Trinidad, Norzagaray) and;
- the extreme southeastern portion of Nueva Ecija (the southeastern portion of General Tinio).
These areas could experience very strong winds of more than 185 km/h in at least 12 hours. These winds were an extreme threat to life and property, PAGASA warned.
Areas under TCWS No. 4, meanwhile, were:
- Calaguas Islands;
- the southern portion of Aurora (San Luis, Baler, Maria Aurora);
- the northern portion of Quezon (the rest of General Nakar, the rest of Infanta, Real);
- the northern portion of Metro Manila (Marikina, Caloocan, Malabon, Navotas, Valenzuela, and Quezon City);
- the central and southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Gabaldon, the rest of General Tinio, City of Gapan, Peñaranda);
- the rest of Bulacan;
- the northern and central portions of Rizal (Rodriguez, City of Antipolo, Tanay, San Mateo, Baras);
- the southeastern portion of Tarlac (La Paz, Concepcion);
- and the extreme northern portion of Laguna (Famy, Siniloan, Santa Maria, Pangil)
These areas can expect winds of greater than 118 km/h up to 184 km/h in at least 12 hours. These winds were also a significant to severe threat to life and property.
Areas under TCWS No. 3 were:
- The central portion of Aurora (Dipaculao);
- the southeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Sur, Dupax del Norte);
- the rest of Nueva Ecija;
- the rest of Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, and Pangasinan;
- the rest of Metro Manila;
- the rest of Rizal;
- the northern and central portions of Laguna (Mabitac, Pakil, Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Pagsanjan, Luisiana, Majayjay, Magdalena, Santa Cruz, Pila, Liliw, Nagcarlan, Victoria, Rizal, City of San Pedro, City of Biñan, City of Santa Rosa, Cabuyao City, City of Calamba, Los Baños, Bay, Calauan);
- · the northern and central portions of Cavite (Tanza, Rosario, Noveleta, Kawit, Imus City, Bacoor City, City of Dasmariñas, Carmona, Gen. Mariano Alvarez, Silang, Amadeo, City of General Trias, Trece Martires City, Naic, Indang);
- the rest of the northern portion of Quezon (Infanta, Real, General Nakar, Mauban) and;
- the northern portion of Camarines Norte (Vinzons, Paracale, Jose Panganiban, Capalonga)
These areas may expect winds of greater than 89 km/h up to 117 km/h in at least 18 hours. These winds were a moderate to significant threat to life and property, PAGASA said.
Placed under TCWS No. 2 with winds of greater than 62 km/h and up to 88 km/h in at least 24 hours are:
- The southern portion of Isabela (Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, San Agustin, Jones);
- the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, and La Union;
- the rest of Aurora;
- the rest of Cavite, Batangas;
- the rest of Laguna;
- the central portions of Quezon (Calauag, Perez, Alabat, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Sampaloc, Lucban, City of Tayabas, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Atimonan, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Lopez, Pitogo, Dolores, Candelaria, Sariaya, Tiaong, San Antonio, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista);
- the rest of Camarines Norte;
- the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Libmanan, Pamplona, Pasacao, San Fernando, Pili, Minalabac, Ocampo, Tigaon, Cabusao, Magarao, Gainza, Canaman, Camaligan, Milaor, Naga City, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagñay);
- and Catanduanes
TCWS No. 1, where winds of 39-61 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours, is in effect over:
- The southern portion of Cagayan (Tuao, Solana, Enrile, Tuguegarao City, Iguig, Peñablanca);
- the rest of Isabela;
- the southern portion of Apayao (Conner);
- Mountain Province;
- the southern portion of Ilocos Norte (Nueva Era, Badoc, Pinili, Banna, City of Batac, Currimao, Paoay, Marcos);
- Ilocos Sur;
- the rest of Quezon;
- the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Abra de Ilog, Paluan, Mamburao, Santa Cruz) including Lubang Islands;
- the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, City of Calapan, Naujan, Victoria, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan);
- the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, and Sorsogon, and;
- Burias Island and Ticao Island
As of 1 p.m., Karding was 115 km east-northeast of Infanta, Quezon, or 76 km east of the Polillo Islands, with a maximum of 195 km/h winds near the center, gustiness of up to 240 km/h, and a central pressure of 920 hPa. It is moving westward at 20 km/h.
It also has strong to typhoon-force winds extending outwards up to 290 km from the center.
The state weather bureau said that Karding was forecast to continue intensifying and would make landfall at or near a peak intensity of 185-205 km/h.
“Frictional effects during landfall and traverse of the Luzon landmass will weaken KARDING throughout the evening through tomorrow early morning, although it is highly likely that this tropical cyclone will remain a typhoon while crossing the landmass,” it added.
For Sunday afternoon through Monday early morning, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains were likely over Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including the Polillo Islands.
Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, the central portion of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, and Camarines Norte will experience moderate to heavy with at times intense rain.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of Calabarzon and the Bicol Region.
For Monday early morning through early afternoon, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains will be experienced over Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan.
Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of Central Luzon will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains.
Moreover, light to moderate with at times heavy rains would be experienced over Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Calabarzon.
PAGASA warned that under such conditions, scattered to widespread flooding and rain-induced landslides were expected.
Due to the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) enhanced by Karding, occasional to monsoon rains were also possible over Palawan, Western Visayas, and the Zamboanga Peninsula.
PAGASA said there was a high to very high risk of a storm surge of more than three meters in height in the low-lying and exposed coastal areas of northern Quezon including Polillo Islands and Aurora.
“A moderate to high risk of storm surge is also possible over Camarines Norte, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bulacan, the northern portion of Metro Manila, the southern portion of La Union, and the rest of Quezon,” it said.
“The combined effects of storm surge and high waves breaking along the coast may cause life-threatening and damaging inundation or flooding,” it added.
Further, a marine gale warning remains in effect over the seaboards of Luzon under the influence of Karding. — DVM, GMA News