Tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) No. 3 and 4 may be raised in some parts of the country in the coming days as typhoon Rolly (international name “Goni”) is forecast to further intensify, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.
No locality is currently placed under TCWS. However, in anticipation of strong to near-gale conditions due to the typhoon, TCWS No. 1 may be raised over several provinces in the Bicol Region as early as Friday evening, Pagasa said in its weather forecast issued at 5 a.m.
“Given that it is likely for this typhoon to continue intensifying prior to landfall, the highest possible TCWS that will be raised throughout the passage of this typhoon will be TCWS No. 3 or 4,” Pagasa said.
The US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center earlier said the typhoon may quickly intensify into a “super typhoon” even before it makes landfall on Sunday.
The eye of the typhoon was last spotted 1,195 kilometers east of Central Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph. It is currently moving westward at 20 kph.
Pagasa weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz said there was a “rapid intensification” of the weather disturbance in the past 24 hours as it rapidly turned into a typhoon.
She said that since the typhoon is still far from the country’s landmass, it still has enough time to further intensify before making landfall.
“In the next two days bahagya pong susubsob ito, bahagya pong patimog kanluran ang kanyang direksyon kung kaya’t bababa ang kanyang lokasyon sa susunod na dalawang araw patungo sa karagatan malapit sa Kabikulan,” she said.
(In the next two days, it may move slightly southwest so its location may become lower towards the waters near the Bicol Region.)
But even if the center of the typhoon does not pass through the landmass of Bicol, its diameter may still hit the region, according to Dela Cruz.
“Kung hindi man daanan ng mismong sentro ang landmass ng Bicol Region ay mahahagip ito ng diametro ng bagyo dahil malapit, close approach po ito sa Bicol landmass. Ibig sabihin, posible pa rin po ang malalakas na hangin at pag-ulan lalo na sa hilagang bahagi ng Kabikulan kaya’t itataas pa rin po natin dyan ang tropical cyclone wind signals,” she added.