Philippine authorities evacuated nearly a million people to safer land as Goni, known locally as Rolle, approached the eastern provinces. On a Sunday morning, it made landfall in Catanduanes and Alpay in the Bicol region.
The Philippines Met Office said that “catastrophic violent winds and torrential rains” are expected to prevail in the Bicol provinces and parts of Quezon, Laguna and Batangas, south of the capital, Manila.
Metro Manila is currently on the projected path of Johnny, the country’s eighteenth tropical storm so far this year, as the Bureau of Meteorology forecast “heavy” rains and storm surges in the city.
Weather forecaster Lori Dela Cruz told a radio station that he was expected to hit Quezon territory third later in the day.
Alerts have been issued regarding the outbreak of storms, while officials have also reminded those in evacuation centers to monitor social distancing due to the spread of the Coronavirus as well.
Dozens of international and domestic flights have been canceled as the Civil Aviation Authority ordered Manila’s main gateway, Ninoy Aquino International Airport, to be closed for one day.
Johnny is one of the strongest typhoons to hit the Philippines since Super Typhoon Haiyan killed more than 6,300 people in 2013.
Tropical Storm Atsane was still more than 1,200 km (745.6 miles) east of the Philippines at 7 pm ET on Saturday and much weaker than Goni, but Bajasa said it was likely to get stronger on Sunday and Monday.