NOAH warns: Meters-high storm surges in parts of Visayas

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NOAH warns: Meters-high storm surges in parts of Visayas
Project NOAH: Surges of up to 3.72 m could hit coastal areas of Samar and Leyte, based on storm surge simulations

MANILA, Philippines – Storm surges of up to almost 4 meters can affect parts of Samar and Leyte islands when Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) hits, government scientists said Friday, December 5.

Wave surges of up to 3.72 m could hit coastal areas of Samar and Leyte, based on storm surge simulations, the National Operational Assessment of Hazards (NOAH) said.

The NOAH, in a storm surge advisory released 7:30 am Friday, said Talalora, Samar, will see the highest surge heights when Ruby hits the area – between 2.72 and 3.72 meters.

This is equivalent to a Storm Surge Advisory 3, on a 5-level storm surge warning scale. (READ: How to know if storm surge threatens your area

NOAH lists areas in Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Cebu, Masbate, Iloilo, and Negros Occidental in the bulletin (see list below).

The agency, however, insists that residents in low-lying coastal areas under typhoon signals should all be on alert against possible storm surges.

Residents are also encouraged to evacuate as soon as possible – and not when the typhoon strikes – to avoid being hit by flying debris caused by strong winds.

Here is the list of places where the forecast storm surges are highest, according to NOAH.

MUNICIPALITY SURGE HEIGHT (meters) STORM SURGE ADVISORY(SSA)
Talalora, Samar 2.72 – 3.72 3
Batbangon, Leyte 2.71 – 3.71 3
Sta. Rita, Samar 2.70 – 3.70 3
Barugo, Leyte 2.23 – 3.23 2
San Miguel, Leyte 2.23 – 3.23 2
Caibiran, Biliran 2.17 – 3.17 2
Cabucgayan, Biliran 2.17 – 3.17 2
Culaba, Biliran 2.16 – 3.16 2
San Remigio, Cebu 2.09 – 3.09 2
Medellin, Cebu 2.09 – 3.09 2
Tarangnan, Samar 2.00 – 3.00 2
Catbalogan , Samar 2.00 – 3.00 2
Gandara, Samar 2.00 – 3.00 2
Sta. Margarita, Samar 2.00 – 3.00 2
Uson, Masbate 1.99 – 2.99 1
Mobo, Masbate 1.99 – 2.99 1
Sta. Fe, Cebu 1.96 – 2.96 1
Bantayan, Cebu 1.94 – 2.94 1
Tabuelan, Cebu 1.90 – 2.90 1
Daram, Samar 1.82 – 2.82 1
Carigara, Leyte 1.78 – 2.78 1
Esperanza, Masbate 1.72 – 2.72 1
Pio V. Cruz, Masbate 1.72 – 2.72 1
Tuburan, Cebu 1.71 – 2.71 1
San Dionisio, Iloilo 1.70 – 2.70 1
Batad, Iioilo 1.70 – 2.70 1
Estancia, Iloilo 1.69 – 2.69 1
Leyte, Leyte 1.66 – 2.66 1
Kawayan, Biliran 1.63 – 2.63 1
Maripipi, Biliran 1.63 – 2.63 1
Dimasalang, Masbate 1.61 – 2.61 1
Almeria, Biliran 1.61 – 2.61 1
Batuan, Masbate 1.59 – 2.59 1
Carles, Iioilo 1.57 – 2.57 1
Cawayan, Masbate 1.56 – 2.56 1
Daanbantayan, Cebu 1.53 – 2.53 1
Capoocan, Leyte 1.52 – 2.52 1
Madridejos, Cebu 1.52 – 2.52 1
Palanas, Masbate 1.51 – 2.51 1
Sagay, Negros Occidental 1.51 – 2.51 1
Placer, Masbate 1.51 – 2.51 1
Merida, Leyte 1.50 – 2.50 1

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