UPDATED: Tropical depression ‘Onyok’ approaches Mindanao; ‘slightly intensifies’


ILIGAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 Dec) – A tropical depression east of Mindanao has entered the Philippine area of responsibility today (Wednesday) and was named “Onyok,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported.

In its Severe Weather Bulletin 2 issued at 11 p.m. Wednesday, PAGASA reported that Onyok’s eye was estimated at 775 kms east of Mati City, Davao Oriental from 860 km as of Bulletin 1 issued at 5 p.m.

PAGASA said Onyok has “slightly intensified” as it moves in a westward direction, with maxiumum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.

Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 100-km diameter of the Tropical Depression.

The weather bureau’s illustrated forecast shows that Onyok may pass the northern part of Mindanao, making landfall in Surigao del Sur around 2 a.m. on Friday.

It said that within 48 hours, or on Friday afternoon, Onyok will be 130 km east southeast of Butuan City.

The weather bureau has yet to issue any public storm warning alert but urged all disaster risk management councils to take appropriate actions.

The weather disturbance will make landfall a day after residents of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan cities will observe the fourth year anniversary of tropical storm “Sendong”  that killed more than 2,000 residents on Dec. 17, 2011. (With reports from Froilan Gallardo / MindaNews)