(Manila, Philippines – October 31, 2020) Typhoon Goni (locally known as Rolly), is likely to be a Super Typhoon once it hits the Philippine land mass. It continues to intensify and is expected to make landfall on Sunday, November 1, 2020, affecting at least 20 provinces in the islands of Luzon and Visayas.
As of October 31, 8 AM, Goni is still at sea and continues to move west towards the coast of Bicol at 20 km/h. Goni is predicted to have maximum sustained winds from 185 km/h to 215 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 265 km/h by time it grazes Bicol and makes landfall over Quezon.
The typhoon is forecasted to bring heavy rainfalls and winds in the Eastern Visayas Region, the Bicol Region, CALABARZON region, Central Luzon, and the National Capital Region according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Sciences Administration (PAG-ASA).
The typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday, November 2, 2020.
Philippine Institute of Volcanology and Seismology (PHIVOLCS) has also warned that torrential rains may cause lahar to flow down the slopes of Mayon Volcano in the province of Albay, Taal Volcano, in the province of Batangas, and Mt. Pinatubo in the province of Zambales.
Local authorities warn people to prepare for storm surges of up to 3.0 m in coastal communities of Quezon and Aurora. Landslides and flash floods are also possible in upland and low-lying areas. Its powerful winds can uproot trees and topple electric posts.
Local government units are preparing for the possible onslaught of the typhoon and are already setting up possible evacuation centers which adhere to minimum public health standards under COVID-19 restrictions.
“Apart from the current COVID-19 pandemic, the Philippines is also facing the start of the La Nina season. CARE and partners are monitoring the situation. We are ready to conduct assessments and respond as needed, while ensuring staff and partners have proper protective equipment and follow local health protocols,” said David Gazashvili, CARE Philippines Country Director.
CARE has been working in the Philippines since 1949, helping communities prepare for disasters, and providing emergency relief and recovery when disaster strikes. CARE has ongoing programs across the Philippines, including in the areas potentially affected by Typhoon Goni. CARE is closely monitoring the track of the typhoon, and is ready to activate assessment and response teams in coordination with partner organizations and local government units on the ground.