MALAYBALAY CITY (MindaNews / 12 February) — Tropical Storm Basyang (Sanba) maintained its strength even as it slowed down while moving closer towards eastern Mindanao, the Philippine Astronomical, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminstration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.m. bulletin on Monday.
PAGASA said Basyang was spotted 620 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, moving west northwest at 22 kilometers per hour from the previous 25 km/h.
The state weather bureau said Basyang continued to pack maximum winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
Signal number 2 remains raised in Surigao del Sur.
Fourteen other areas in Mindanao were placed under signal number 1 namely:
- Dinagat Islands
- Surigao del Norte
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Compostela Valley
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- northern part of Zamboanga del Norte
In the Visayas, the following areas were placed under signal number 1:
- southern part of Samar
- southern part of Eastern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- Negros Oriental
‘Basyang’ (international name: Sanba) is expected to make landfall in Caraga region Tuesday morning.
PAGASA advised people along Basya’s path to “take precautionary measures against possible flooding and landslides.”
“Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas, and areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) due to the approaching Tropical Storm and the surge of the Northeast Monsoon,” it added. (MindaNews)