DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/31 January) – Seven Mindanao provinces in Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions have been placed under Storm Signal 1 as tropical depression Basyang entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is expected to make landfall over Surigao provinces late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.
Weather Bulletin 2 of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued at 11 p.m. January 30 said Storm Signal 1 has been raised over the Caraga region’s Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte and the northern part of Agusan del Sur; and Northern Mindanao’s Camiguin Island and Misamis Oriental.
Signal 1 has also been raised over Bohol, Southern Leyte and the southern part of Leyte.
At 10 p.m. according to Weather Bulletin 2, Basyang was spotted at 969 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing 55 kph winds near the center and moving westward at 30 kph.
Basyang is expected to be at 303 km northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Friday evening, January 31; at 325 km east northeast of Puerto Princesa City by Saturday evening and is expected to be 505 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside the PAR by Sunday evening.
Weather Bulletin 2 also said residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 15 mm per hour or moderate to heavy, within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression. (MindaNews)