Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, September 25) — Super Typhoon Karding made its second landfall over Dingalan, Aurora at 8:20 p.m. on Sunday, the state weather bureau said.
Karding made its first landfall in the vicinity of Burdeos, Quezon at 5:30 p.m.
In its 8 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Karding slightly weakened, but Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 5 remains hoisted in a number of areas.
Areas under Signal No. 5 are Polillo Islands, the extreme northern portion of Quezon, the extreme southern portion of Aurora, the extreme southern portion of Nueva Ecija, the eastern portion of Pampanga, the eastern and central portions of Bulacan, and the extreme northern portion of Rizal.
These areas may expect very strong winds of more than 185 kilometers per hour (kph) in at least 12 hours, which can damage high-risk structures.
Signal No. 4 was hoisted over Calaguas Islands, the southern portion of Aurora, the central and southern portions of Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Bulacan, Zambales, the northern portion of Bataan, the southern portion of Pangasinan, the northern portion of Metro Manila, the northern and central portions of Rizal, and the extreme northern portion of Laguna.
Residents may expect winds of 118 kph up to 184 kph in at least 12 hours, which can damage high-risk structures.
Signal No. 3 was raised over the The central portion of Aurora, the southeastern portion of Nueva Vizcaya, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bataan, the rest of Pangasinan, the rest of Metro Manila, the rest of Rizal, the northern and central portions of Laguna, the northern and central portions of Cavite, the rest of the northern portion of Quezon, and the northern portion of Camarines Norte.
These areas may expect winds between 89 kph to 117 kph in at least 18 hours which can cause heavy damage to high-risk structures.
Signal No. 2 was also raised over the southern portion of Isabela, Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, Benguet, La Union, the rest of Aurora, the rest of Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Laguna, the central portion of Quezon, the rest of Camarines Norte, the northern portion of Camarines Sur, and Catanduanes, PAGASA said.
Light to moderate damage to high-risk structures may occur as these areas may experience winds of 62 kph up to 88 kph in at least 24 hours.
The bureau also hoisted Signal No. 1 over the southern portion of Cagayan, the rest of Isabela, the southern portion of Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, the southern portion of Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, the rest of Quezon, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias Island and Ticao Island .
Winds of 39 kph to 61 kph or intermittent rains may be expected in at least 36 hours, PAGASA noted.
From Sunday afternoon to early Monday morning, heavy to intense with at times torrential rains may be experienced in Metro Manila, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Aurora, Rizal, and the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, PAGASA said.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are also expected in Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Ifugao, Mountain Province, Pangasinan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, the central portion of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro and Camarines Norte, as well as light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of CALABARZON and Bicol Region.
Heavy to intense with at times torrential rains are expected in Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Bulacan until early Monday afternoon.
PAGASA also projects moderate to heavy with at times intense rains in Metro Manila, Pangasinan, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of Central Luzon, as well as light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of CALABARZON.
PAGASA said Karding may leave the country’s weather monitoring area early Tuesday.
The super typhoon also has strengthened the southwest monsoon or habagat, which will bring rains over the western portions of Visayas and Southern Luzon.
Karding is the 11th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
While Karding is classified as a super typhoon, Malano said it is not expected to be as destructive as Tropical Storm Ondoy, which caused severe flooding and killed over 400 people 13 years ago.
Unlike Ondoy, Karding has a lesser cluster of clouds that would bring heavy rains. Its winds are also weaker in terms of intensity compared to that of Super Typhoon Yolanda that hit the country in 2013.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said “the highest emergency preparedness and response protocol has been activated in Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and the Bicol region.”
Meanwhile, Social Welfare Secretary Erwin Tulfo on Sunday held a coordination meeting with its field offices in Ilocos Region, Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and Metro Manila.
“I want you… to give me a report every hour — ang status po ng lugar ninyo. I want you to report every hour — status, evacuees, ‘yung mga naiwan sa bahay, ayaw mag-evacuate kumusta, especially also ‘yung casualties. Kung may casualties na kayo, may mga nawawala, nalunod. Please do not hesitate to inform me, inform our operations center para malaman natin,” Tulfo said.
[Translation: I want you… to give me a report every hour on the status in your area, evacuees, the situation of those who refused to be evacuated, especially also if there are casualties, if there are missing individuals or those who drowned. Please do not hesitate to inform me and our operations center so we would know.]
The agency earlier assured the public of its preparedness to assist residents who will be affected by Karding, noting that the agency has funds worth ₱1 billion.
“A total of ₱600 plus million ‘yung standby funds, pondo po ‘yan ng DSWD central office at mga field offices natin na maari nating i-download sa mga area na maaring maapektuhan ni Bagyong Karding. ‘Yung ating quick response fund na maari nating gamit pangtulong kaagad ay nasa higit kalahating bilyon, ₱517 million po,” DSWD spokesperson Romel Lopez said.
[Translation: Our standby funds are worth ₱600 plus million, that’s the fund of the DSWD central office and field offices that we can download for areas that might be affected by Karding. Our quick response fund, which we can use for immediate assistance, is more than half a billion, at ₱517 million.]
Lopez added that family food packs and relief goods are also ready for distribution.
The provincial disaster office of Isabela also told CNN Philippines’ Newsroom Weekend on Saturday that evacuation centers are ready.