The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) foresees Typhoon Rolly to ravage several areas in the country.

The typhoon, with an international name “Goni,” is considered the strongest typhoon of 2020 and may strengthen into a super typhoon on Saturday evening. 

The NDRRMC said the typhoon is expected to bring severe damage to areas it will pass.

“We foresee widespread damage…even if [Rolly] does not become a super typhoon. If it is just typhoon level it means we will reach typhoon Signal No. 4 and will have wind speeds of 171 to 220 kilometers per hour,” NDRRMC Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said in Filipino in a virtual briefing.

He also explained that “heavy to very heavy damages” are already expected in the target areas of the typhoon’s path. 

State weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration’s (PAGASA) weather bulletin earlier forecasts the eye of Typhoon Rolly to pass in Catanduanes and Camarines provinces on Sunday morning, including Quezon and the southern portion of Aurora on the same afternoon. 

“After crossing the Southern Luzon – Metro Manila area, the center of ‘Rolly’ is forecast to exit the mainland Luzon landmass on Monday morning,” the state weather bureau said.

NDRRMC said they are already monitoring preemptive evacuations as well as overseeing the preparation of evacuation centers. 

Jalad said that schools will be used as emergency shelters from the incoming storm since evacuation centers are set as isolation centers for the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.

Meanwhile, Department of Health (DOH) Heath Undersecretary Maria Rosario Vergeire urged the public to strictly observe health protocols in evacuation centers, such as wearing masks, frequent hand washing, and social distancing. RJ Espartinez