Onyok makes landfall; weakens into LPA

DAVAO CITY CITY (MindaNews / 19 Dec) – Tropical Depression Onyok made landfall over Caraga and Manay towns in Davao Oriental at 10:30 p.m. Friday  but weakened into a low pressure area (LPA),  the state weather bureau said as it also lifted public storm warning signal 1 over 17 of 27 Mindanao provinces.

According to Severe Weather Bulletin (SWB) No. 9 issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 11 p.m., Friday,  the center of the LPA was in the vicinity of Caraga/Manay, Davao Oriental and is expected to be 120 km southwest of Zamboanga City by Saturday evening.

The PAGASA bulletin said Public Storm Warning Signal 1 over 17 of 27 Mindanao provinces as of 5 p.m Friday, has been lifted but added that the LPA is expected to bring “moderate to occasionally heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms over the regions of Caraga, Davao, Northern Mindanao and the provinces of Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao and North Cotabato “which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.”

PAGASA’s Mindanao Weather Forecast issued at 5 a.m. on December 19 said Mindanao will experience “cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.”

“Winds will be moderate to strong coming from the Northeast to North and the coastal waters will be moderate to rough,” it said. (MindaNews)