MANILA, Philippines – NDRRMC Executive Director Benito Ramos imposed “blue alert” or heightened readiness on its regional committees as tropical storm “Luis” (Kalmegi) threatened Metro Manila and 12 of the country’s 17 regions on Saturday, September 13, 2014 .
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) alerted its regional councils to prepare for typhoon Luis, which increased strength from 75 kph to 95 kph as of 11 a.m. Saturday while moving east northwest at 90-120 kph.
According to PAGASA forecaster Alvin Pura, if the storm sustained its speed and movement, it could be anticipated to landfall in Isabela by Monday evening.
He said as it is still in the sea it may however build up into typhoon category.
Ilocos, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Bicol, Cordillera, and Metro Manila are instructed to observe heightened alert.
Blue alert requests on half of NDRRMC personnel to stay in their posts at any given time.
Government agencies were also asked to stand by and be ready for any probable cause.
The National Telecommunications Commission also alerted civic communication groups to assist on communication concerns.
The center of tropical storm “Luis” was located at 456 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes (14.6°N, 128.4°E) as announced by weather bureau as of 10 in the morning on Setember 13, 2014.
Storm signal No. 1 was raised over the provinces of Isabela, Cagayan, Aurora, Quirino and Catanduanes as winds of 30-60 kph was estimated in at least 36 hours.
PAGASA adviced the residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal #1 against possible flashfloods and landslides.
The estimated rainfall amount ranged from 7.5-—20 mm per hour (heavy-intense) within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm.
Pura added that the combined effect of “Luis” and the southwest monsoon could bring light to moderate rain and thunderstorms in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon ad Palawan), Bicol Region and Visayas.