More areas in Bicol Region, Samar under Signal No. 2

MORE areas in Bicol Region and Samar were placed under Signal No. 2 as Typhoon “Bising” maintained its strength, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Monday.

Affected areas are Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan, Sagnay, San Jose and Lagonoy), the eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Legazpi City and Manito), and the eastern and central portions of Sorsogon (Castilla, Sorsogon City, Prieto Diaz, Gubat, Barcelona, Casiguran, Juban, Magallanes, Bulan, Bulusan, Irosin, Santa Magdalena and Matnog).

Signal No. 2 was also hoisted in Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, and Biliran, weather specialist Meno Mendoza said.

Signal No. 1 was up in the southeastern portion of Cagayan (Baggao and Peñablanca), the eastern portion of Isabela (San Pablo, Maconacon, Tumauini, Divilacan, Ilagan City, Palanan, San Mariano, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Echague, Benito Soliven, Cabagan, Gamu, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Angadanan, Cauayan City, Jones and San Agustin), the northeastern portion of Quirino (Aglipay and Maddela), the northern portion of Aurora ((Dilasag, Casiguran and Dinalungan), the eastern portion of Quezon (Calauag, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Buenavista, San Narciso and San Andres) including Polillo Islands, Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, the rest of Albay, the rest of Sorsogon, and Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands in Luzon.

The QC DRRMO monitors the movement of Typhoon Bising as it moves inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility, April 19, 2021. Typhoon Bising brought heavy rains to the Bicol Region.

Also under Signal No. 1 were Southern Leyte and the northern portion of Cebu (Tabogon, Borbon, San Remigio, Bogo City, Medellin and Daanbantayan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands.

In Mindanao, Signal No. 1 was raised in Dinagat, Siargao and Bucas Grande islands.

At 10 a.m. on Monday, the eye of the typhoon was located 235 kilometers east Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 360 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph, Pagasa said.