‘Quinta’ makes landfall twice in Albay; 36 areas under storm warnings

    STORM DEBRIS. Local officials clear the road of fallen trees in a Pagudpud town in Ilocos Norte on Saturday (Oct. 24, 2020). (Photo courtesy of Barangay Pasaleng Facebook Page)

    TYPHOON “Quinta” twice made landfall yesterday in the Bicol region as signal warnings were up in 36 areas in Luzon and the Visayas.

    Metro Manila was under signal No. 1.

    Thousands of residents in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions have been evacuated ahead of the anticipated landfall.

    As of 7 p.m yesterday, Quinta at the vicinity of Malinao, Albay. It was moving westward at 25 kph, packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 180 kph.

    It is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility tomorrow.

    The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta first made a landfall in San Miguel Island in Tabaco City, Albay at around 6:10 p.m. last night. The second landfall was in Malinao, Albay at 6:50 p.m.

    National Road, Guinobatan, Albay. (Photo courtesy Maguiron Brgy. Council)

    Under storms signal No. 3 as of 8 p.m. yesterday were Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island, Ticao Island, southern portion of Quezon, southeastern portion of Laguna, Batangas, extreme northern portion of Romblon, Marinduque, northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, and northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.

    Eight areas were under Signal No. 2 — Masbate, central portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Cavite, rest of Laguna, rest of Romblon, rest of Oriental Mindoro, rest of Occidental Mindoro and Northern Samar.

    There were 14 areas under signal No 1. These are the rest of Quezon, Rizal, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, southern portion of Zambales, Calamian Islands, northern portion of Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar, northern portion of Capiz, Aklan, northern portion of Antique and northeastern portion of Iloilo

    Quinta developed into a tropical depression, from a low pressure area, on Friday. It intensified into a storm early morning yesterday, further strengthened into a severe tropical storm at around 8 a.m. and “rapidly” intensified into a typhoon at around 2 p.m., PAGASA said.

    PAGASA said Quinta will continue intensifying in the West Philippine Sea after crossing the Philippine archipelago.

    Quinta will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains in the Bicol and Calabarzon regions and the provinces of Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Calamian Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Aklan, Capiz, and Antique.

    There will be moderate to heavy with at times intense rains in Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte, and light to moderate with at times heavy rains in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Visayas, PAGASA said.

    Mark Timbal, spokesman of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said 2,407 families or 8,939 persons from 33 barangays in the Bicol region have been evacuated as of 5 p.m. yesterday.

    Earlier yesterday, the Office of Civil Defense-Bicol said 680 passengers and 288 rolling cargoes were stranded in the ports of Albay, Camarines Sur, Masbate and Sorsogon.

    The OCD-Calabarzon reported a minimal number of people preemptively evacuated as of noon yesterday. It said 10 families or 42 persons from Laguna were evacuated. It also said 159 passengers and 187 rolling cargoes are also stranded in the ports of Batangas and Quezon.

    Timbal said Eastern Visayas also experienced the effects of Quinta hours before the landfall, including the damage of a bridge in Naval, Biliran due to flooding.

    In Catbalogan City in Samar, flooding was reported at a national road in Barangay Mercedes, leaving it unpassable to all types of vehicles, Timbal said.

    He said landslides were also reported in Barangay Nabang in Catbalogan City and in Barangay Jia-an in Jiabong town, also Samar.

    Timbal said 668 passengers and 276 rolling cargoes were stranded in the port of Allen, Northern Samar.