By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz and MB Online
More than 10 areas were placed under Signal No. 1 as tropical depression “Amang” inches closer to Surigao del Norte.
“Amang” has maintained its strength as it continues to head in the west-northwestward direction or toward Surigao del Norte, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in their 2 pm weather bulletin.
PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said Amang could make landfall over Surigao del Norte or Siargao Island around Sunday evening.
Around Sunday afternoon, PAGASA estimated the location of Amang at 175 kilometers (km) southeast of Surigao City. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph.
As early as Sunday, Rojas said moderate to heavy rains have prevailed over Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, northern parts of Negros Oriental and Occidental, northern Cebu, and Bohol.
Tropical cyclone warning Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, eastern Bohol, northern Cebu, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Camiguin.
PAGASA warned residents of Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern Negros Provinces, Northern Cebu, and Bohol to expect heavy rainfall today.
On Monday, moderate to heavy rainfall will prevail over Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region and Dinagat Islands while moderate to heavy rainfall will be experienced by Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region on Tuesday.
Residents living in landslide-prone and flood-risk areas are advised by PAGASA to take appropriate action, coordinate with their local disaster risk reduction office and continue to monitor the situation especially the weather bureau’s severe weather bulletins.
Fisherfolk and small seacraft are strongly advised not to venture out especially those with tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1.