Bicol residents prepare for Typhoon Rolly

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The region people are already preparing for the expected severity of typhoon Rolly, which is likely to hit the region by Sunday.

Some residents are scared, especially since they have not yet recovered from the recent typhoon Quinta’s effects.

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Pedro Constante was repairing the sandbags that he made as a weight on his house’s roof in Barangay Maynonong, Tiwi, Albay.

He worries if the storm will bring heavier rain.

The whole barangay is in danger of a landslide because they are just in front of the mountain. It collapsed two years ago, and many houses were buried.

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Josefa Clapis’ belongings are already wrapped up in case they are evacuated.

“Nababahala kasi kami kung mag-ano naman, mag-landslide. Kawawa kami dito, mahirap talaga kapag hindi ka lumikas,” she said.

Apart from landslides, residents also face the risk of storm surge and flood.

“Ang assumption po natin laging worst-case scenario kaya pag nag-e-evacuate po tayo ini-evacuate po natin ang mga nasa high-risk areas,” said Manuel Damo, an official of the Municipal Disaster Risk Reduction Management Office of Tiwi.

In all, more than 3,000 families should be evacuated on Saturday or Sunday when it rains heavily.

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In Camarines Norte, fishers in Paracale town are also preparing.

They have set aside their boats because the waves are getting bigger. Other residents have also repaired the roof of their house.

In Jose Panganiban, the trees’ branches have been cut down while the boats have been removed from the shore.

Forced evacuation will also be implemented on Sunday.

Typhoon Rolly intensifies further as it moves westward over the Philippine Sea, raising tropical cyclone wind signal no.1 over Catanduanes.

At 4:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “ROLLY” was located based on all available data at 980 km East of Casiguran, Aurora.

It is moving Westward at 20 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 185 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 230 km/h.

Typhoon Rolly is forecast to move west-southwestward this afternoon until tomorrow evening. Afterward, the typhoon will turn west-northwestward as it moves over the sea off the coast of the Bicol Region towards the eastern coast of the Aurora-Quezon area.

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