Rolly Could Hit Metro Manila, Southern Luzon, Northern Bicol: PAGASA

The storm is expected to weaken as it passes over land.
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Typhoon Rolly could cross Metro Manila as it barrels through the Bicol Region and Southern Luzon from Sunday, weather bureau PAGASA said. Millions on the storm's path are advised to prepare.

The strongest storm on the planet so far in 2020 will first make landfall over Catanduanes early Sunday before heading to Camarines Note, PAGASA said. In the afternoon, it will cross Quezon province then head towards Southern Luzon and Metro Manila, forecaster Ariel Rojas said.

Rolly will weaken considerably after it slams into the Sierra Madre mountain range on Sunday, before it reaches Metro Manila. However, the winds will still be strong, enough to topple trees, PAGASA said.

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At 4 p.m. Saturday, the eye of Rolly was located 345 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kph, 5 kph short of super typhoon strength. The storm has gusts of up to 265 kph.

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It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility 72 hours from Saturday evening if it maintains its speed at 25 kph.

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Storm Signal no. 4, the second highest, could be raised, according to PAGASA. Here's how you can prepare:

What to do during Public Storm Signal No. 1:

1. Listen to your radio for more information about weather disturbance.
2. Check the ability of the house to withstand strong winds and strengthen it if necessary.
3. Monitor the latest severe weather Bulletin issued by PAGASA every six hours. Business may be carried out as usual except when flooding occurs.

What to do during Public Storm Signal No. 2: 

1. Special attention should be given to the latest position, direction, and speed movement of the cyclone as it may intensify and move towards the locality.
2. The general public, especially people traveling by sea and air are cautioned to avoid unnecessary risks.
3. Protect properties before signals are upgraded.
4. Board up windows or put storm shutters in place and securely fasten it.
5. Stay at home.

What to do during Public Storm Signal No. 3:

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1. Keep your radio on and listen to the latest news about the typhoon.
2. Everyone is advised to stay in safe and strong houses.
3. Evacuate from low-lying areas to higher grounds.
4. Stay away from coasts and riverbanks.
5. Watch out for the passage of the "eye" or center of the typhoon.

What to do during Public Storm Signal No. 4: 

1. Stay in safe houses or evacuation centers
2. Cancel all travel and outdoor activities. 
3. Keep listening to your radio for the latest news about the typhoon.

What to do during Public Storm Signal No. 5: 

1. Stay in safe houses or evacuation centers
2. Cancel all travel and outdoor activities. 

How to prepare for calamities particularly flooding:

1. Regularly monitor your radio and television for calamity news updates.
2. Prepare enough candles, rechargeable lamps, and flashlights for possible brownouts.
3. If you reside in an area near the river, waterways, or mountainsides, immediately evacuate to prevent flash floods and landslides.
4. Store enough food and water. Have a first-aid kit on hand.
5. Prepare a list of emergency hotlines.

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