Severe tropical storm 'Rolly' enters Philippines
This satellite image shows Severe Tropical Storm Rolly as well as the tropical depression being monitored east of Mindanao.

Severe tropical storm 'Rolly' enters Philippines

(Philstar.com) - October 29, 2020 - 6:28pm

MANILA, Philippines — The severe tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility has entered the country Thursday night to become the 18th storm to hit the country this year, PAGASA said. 

Weather forecasters said Rolly (international name Goni) was last seen at 1,505 km east of Central Luzon at 3 p.m. on Thursday afternoon. 

Currently, it has the strength of 110 kph maximum sustained winds as well as gustiness of up to 135 kph, as it moves west at a speed of 15 kph. 

The agency in its public forecast said Rolly is expected to intensify into a full-blown typhoon in the next 24 hours. 

It is seen to make landfall over Quezon-Aurora area by Sunday. The Bicol Region and Northern Samar may also be placed under storm signals beginning Saturday.

Meanwhile, the agency said the tropical depression spotted at 2,435 km east of Mindanao, could enter the country by Monday or Tuesday of next week. 

It packs the strength of 55 kph maximum sustained winds and gustiness of up to 70 kph, moving at a speed of 10 kph west northwest. 

Forecasters said this may further intensify into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours. 

Bicol on Friday may see cloudy skies with scattered rains due to Rolly, with Cagayan Valley also seeing cloudy skies but with light to moderate rains. 

The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, meanwhile, will see generally fair weather apart from isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms. 

Cloudy skies and scattered rains are also seen in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, particularly Eastern Visayas, due to the tropical depression still outside PAR. 

Remaining parts of the two islands, however, could expect fair weather conditions but with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms. 

Gale warning is still up over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern coast of Cagayan, as well as in Ilocos Norte and Ilocos Sur. — Christian Deiparine

As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: November 18, 2020 - 4:45pm

Follow this thread for updates on tropical cyclone Rolly (international name: Goni).

November 18, 2020 - 4:45pm

Australia provides an additional P28.52 million to support Filipino communities affected by tropical cyclone Rolly in the Bicol Region.

This will help the government provide food, repair damaged homes and support emergency medical teams in the region. Australia's latest commitment will directly assist 23,345 people, including 2,990 women and girls.

"This support is even more critical following Typhoon Ulysses that caused further hardship for the people in the Bicol Region. Australia stands with the Philippines in this time of need," Australian Ambassador Steven Robinson says.

November 9, 2020 - 5:49pm

President Rodrigo Duterte may place the regions of CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, and Bicol under state of calamity because of the impact of typhoon "Rolly," Malacañang says.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has approved a recommendation to place the three Luzon regions under state of calamity to fast-track the recovery of the typhoon-ravaged areas.

"Most likely, but let us wait for the document that will come from the Office of the President," presidential spokesman Harry Roque said at a press briefing when asked if Duterte would adopt the recommendation of the council. — Alexis Romero

November 2, 2020 - 7:26pm

The provincial board has placed Camarines Sur under state of calamity following the onslaught of Typhoon Rolly.

In a resolution released Monday, the local government cited strong winds and torrential rains, as well as the extensive flooding and other damages brought about by the typhoon.

November 2, 2020 - 5:25pm

At 3 p.m., Tropical Storm Rolly was located 225 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales.

The cyclone bears maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph. It is moving north northwestward at 15 kph.

November 2, 2020 - 3:00pm

Vice President Leni Robredo posts photos of the first signs of devastation brought about by Typhoon Rolly in Camarines Sur.

Robredo says she left Manila before dawn on Monday to visit the typhoon-hit province.

The vice president will also be visiting Albay and Catanduanes.

Left Manila before dawn today. Just arrived CamSur and these were the first signs of devastation we saw. Will be going around Albay and Catanduanes, as well.

Posted by Leni Gerona Robredo on Sunday, 1 November 2020
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