9 Mindanao provinces under Storm Signal No. 1

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/4 November)—Storm signal No. 1 was hoisted in nine Mindanao provinces as tropical depression “Wilma,” as of 10 a.m. Monday, was spotted 75 kilometers north northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the state weather forecaster said.

“Wilma has maintained its strength as it continues to move westward towards Caraga region,” the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.m. advisory.

It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center and moving west at 19 kph, PAGASA said.

Placed under storm signal No. 1 were Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental Camiguin Island, and northern part of Zamboanga Del Norte.

Siargao Island, a part of Surigao del Norte, was also placed under storm signal No. 1, under which 30-60 kph winds may be expected within the next 36 hours, Pagasa said.

In the Visayas, storm signal No. 1 was hoisted over the southern part of Negros Occidental, southern part of Negros Oriental, southern Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol and Southern Leyte

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10.0 – 25.0 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 300 km diameter of the tropical depression.

PAGASA warned that flashfloods and landslides may occur in areas under storm signal No. 1. (MindaNews)