PHILIPPINE National Police (PNP) chief Director General Oscar Albayalde yesterday ordered all directors of regions threatened by Typhoon Rosita to be on alert and take precautionary measures to prevent possible serious damage.
Albayalde said as part of the PNP’s effort to help the government in protecting the public on the possible onslaught of Typhoon Rosita, he directed the regional directors of Ilocos-Pangasinan, Cagayan Valley and Cordillera Regions to be on alert.
The chief PNP directed them to activate their disaster response teams and strictly coordinate with local government units (LGUs) and Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council agencies on possible move they needed.
Albayalde also ordered them to alert their specialized search and rescue units for posible augmentation forces in nearby regions that will be affected by “Rosita”.
33 areas under storm signal.
Thirty-three areas in the country were placed under tropical cyclone warning signals as Typhoon Rosita continues to threaten southern Isabela and northern Aurora.
Areas under storm Signal No. 3 are Isabela, Quirino and northern part of Aurora.
Storm Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Cagayan, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Ifugao, La Union, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, northern part of Quezon, including Polillo Island and southern part of Aurora.
Areas under Storm Signal No. 1 were southern part of Quezon, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Batanes, Babuyan Group of Islands, Zambales, Rizal, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Laguna, Batangas, Bataan, Cavite and Camarines Norte.
An update issued yesterday by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that Typhoon Rosita was monitored at 410 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.
It is still moving west southwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
At 11 a.m. yesterday, the weather bureau reported that Rosita weakened due to its interaction with the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.
Typhoon Rosita has maximum winds of 150 km/h from the previous 170 km/h, and gustiness of up to 185 km/h from the previous 210 km/h.
PAGASA said Rosita remains a threat, with a wide diameter of 600 kilometers.
It warned that stormy weather is expected in areas under Signal Nos. 2 and 3. It is risky to travel by land in those areas.
Moderate to heavy rain and strong to very strong winds were expected to begin hitting Northern Luzon and Central Luzon by Monday evening.
The weather bureau reported that Rosita would make a landfall yesterday in the southern Isabela-northern Aurora and is expected to cross Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet and La Union.
This afternoon, Rosita might exit landmass.
PAGASA warned that flash floods and landslides are possible in areas in the typhoon’s path.
There might also be storm surges up to three meters high in coastal areas of Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte and La Union.