'Bagyong Amang' makes landfall in Dolores, Samar; Signal No. 1 up in Metro Manila

    MANILA, Philippines - 'Bagyong Amang' (Mekkhala) has made landfall over Dolores, Eastern Samar at 3:00 in the afternoon on Saturday, January 17 and is now crossing Northern, Samar.

    'Bagyong Amang' makes landfall in Dolores, Samar; Signal No. 1 up in Metro Manila

    At 4:00pm today, the center of 'Bagyong Amang' was estimated based on Doppler Radar and all available data at 60 km North Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (12.1°N, 125.6°E).

    'Amang' has maximum sustained winds of 100 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 130 kph. It is forecast to move Northwest at 19 kph.

    Forecast Positions:
    • 24 hour (Tomorrow afternoon, January 18): 115 km East Infanta, Quezon.
    • 48 hour (Monday afternoon, January 19): 155 km East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan.
    • 72 hour (Tuesday afternoon, January 20): 415 km East Northeast of Basco, Batanes.
    Typhoon Amang track

    Public Storm Warning Signal No. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs):

    LUZON: Catanduanes, Albay, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon Incl. Polillo Island, Sorsogon, Masbate, Burias Island Incl. Ticao Island.

    VISAYAS: Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.

    • Rice and corn maybe adversely affected
    • Few large trees uprooted
    • Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially or totally unroofed and old galvanized iron roofs may roll off.
    • Billboards/Signage may roll off
    • Travel by all types of sea vessels and aircrafts are risky

    These areas will have stormy weather with heavy to intense rains. Residents along coastal areas are alerted against possible Storm surges of less than 2 meters.

    Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hrs)

    LUZON : Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, Batangas, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Quirino, Isabela, Rest of Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro and Romblon.

    VISAYAS: Leyte, Southern Leyte, Extreme Northern Cebu Incl. Bantayan Island and Camotes Island.

    • Twigs and branches of trees maybe broken
    • Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground
    • Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage
    • Some nipa and cogon houses maybe partially unroofed
    • Sea travel of small sea crafts and fishing boats is risky
    • These areas will have occasional rains with occasional gusty winds.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 20 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

    Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with PSWS#2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

    Ocean waves may reach up to 9 meters within the diameter of the storm.

    Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
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