“We have to evacuate them and for those (residents) who are stubborn, I have directed the police to forcibly bring them to the nearest evacuation camps,” Albay Gov. Al Francis Bichara said, PNA reported.
The storm is packing winds of 150 kilometers per hour (93 miles per hour), but those are expected to speed up to 185 kph (115 mph). Southern Luzon is forecast to receive 20 to 30 centimeters of rain (8-12 inches), which will bring a risk of flash flooding and mudslides. Top wind gusts could hit 200 kph (124 mph).
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 3 — out of the country’s domestic five-level scale — has been raised by authorities in several parts of the Philippines, while Signal No. 2 has been raised in Metro Manila.
December typically marks the end of the typhoon season in the Philippines, so while it’s rare for the country to be hit by powerful storms this late in the season, it’s not unheard of.