‘Agaton’ landfall over Caraga expected Monday night or Tuesday morn

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 01 January) —  The possible development of the low pressure area into tropical depression ‘Agaton’ is expected before it makes landfall over Caraga region Monday night or early Tuesday morning, the state weather bureau’s weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said in an advisory issued  shortly before noon.

At 4 p.m, the Philppine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administation (PAGASA) issued  Heavy Rainfall Warning No. 3 for Mindanao, raising the orange warning level over Caraga region comprising Dinagat Island, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island; Surigao del Sur, and Agusan del Norte, and Northern Mindanao’s Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

An orange warning level means be alert for possible danger and evacuation.

PAGASA warned of flooding in low-lying areas especially along river channels.

A Yellow Warning Level was raised over Bukidnon, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley and Davao del Norte, It warned of possible flooding.

A yellow warning level means monitor weather conditions.  PAGASA said it would issue another advisory at 6 p.m. Monday.

Aurelio said the tropical depression will be named ‘Agaton’ and maritime

operations along the eastern seaboard of Mindanao — Surigao, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Islands and Siargao —  and the eastern seaboard of Leyte provinces will be disrupted as tropical cyclone warning signal 1 will be issued.”

As of 10 a.m. Monday, the LPA was spotted 385 east southeast of Surigao City

Aurelio said heavy rains are expected January 1 and 2 in Visayas and Mindanao and will clear up by January 3.  (MindaNews)