Tropical Storm Rolly slightly intensifies and is about to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
According to Pagasa’s 11 am severe weather bulletin, Rolly is moving West Southwestward at 15 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm ROLLY was estimated based on all available data at 540 km West of Subic, Zambales.
On the forecast track, “ROLLY” is expected to exit the PAR today. It is likely to remain as a tropical storm throughout the forecast period.
Tropical Storm Rolly is no longer directly affecting the country.
The combined effects of “ROLLY,” “SIONY,” and the enhanced northeasterlies will bring rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 4.5 m) over the seaboards of Northern Luzon. Sea travel is risky over these waters, especially for those using small seacrafts.
Moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 2.5 m) will be experienced over Luzon’s remaining seaboards and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.
Tropical Storm Rolly about to exit PAR
Meanwhile, in Bicol, the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) reported that Super Typhoon Rolly left at least 17 people dead and three were missing in Albay and Catanduanes.
Most of those who died drowned when flash floods hit their villages.
Meanwhile, Philippine Red Cross likened Rolly’s damage in Catanduanes to that of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the Visayas seven years ago.
“According to (our teams), it’s almost like 70 percent of Haiyan (Yolanda). That’s what it looks like. I will preface my statement by saying that this is visual. We’re just now sending people in every town,” Gordon said, citing a visual report that showed damage in at least three Catanduanes towns.
“11 bayan kasi diyan [sa Catanduanes]. Doon sa tatlong bayan, ang nahagilap nung tatlong tao namin na nakamotorsiklo, visual lang ito, mga 80% ang damaged sa mga bahay,” Gordon said in a Dobol B sa News TV interview.