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Rolly expected to bring extensive damage along its path —NDRRMC

Typhoon Rolly, feared to intensify further into a super typhoon, was seen to bring extensive damage along its forecast track, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said on Saturday.

"Malawak na pinsala ang makikita natin kung mangyayari ito, kahit na hindi siya mag-super typhoon," NDRRMC Administrator undersecretary Ricardo Jalad said at the Laging Handa public briefing.

"Asahan natin ang heavy to very heavy damage doon sa lugar na kaniyang dadaanan," he added.

The NDRRMC is currently monitoring the pre-emptive relocation conducted by local government units (LGUs) since Friday in anticipation of the typhoon.

Jalad said evacuation centers are also being prepared in areas where the eye of the typhoon might pass.

He reminded the public to continue observing the Department of Health protocols on COVID-19 in evacuation centers.

"Kailangan 'yan ay hindi punong puno, meron pa ring maayos na physical distancing para hindi magkaroon ng outbreak ng COVID-19 diyan sa evacuation centers," he said.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the center of the eye of Rolly is forecast to pass very close to Catanduanes, the Calaguas Islands, and very close to mainland Camarines Provinces on Sunday morning, and over Polillo Islands and mainland Quezon in the afternoon.

PAGASA added that due to the proximity of the forecast track to Bicol Region, a landfall scenario over Catanduanes and Camarines Provinces is not ruled out.

The weather bureau said Rolly is likely to remain in the typhoon category (185-205 kph) by the time it grazes Bicol Region and makes landfall over Quezon.

As of 10 a.m. on Saturday, Typhoon Rolly was located based on all available data at 480 km east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.

It is moving west southwestward at 20 kph with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 265 kph. —LBG/KG, GMA News