Tropical Depression “Vicky” is expected to make two more landfalls in Mindanao and will continue to bring heavy rains in the area this weekend, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
Citing the cyclone’s current forecast track, PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said “Vicky” may make landfalls over Negros Island or Palawan Island on Saturday before its expected exit out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Sunday night or Monday morning.
The tropical depression already made its first landfall in Baganga town, Davao Oriental around 2 p.m. Friday.
In its 8 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Vicky is already within the vicinity of Esperanza in Agusan Del Sur after it slightly accelerated and now moving northwestward at 30 kilometers per hour (kph).
It still maintained its strength with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 75 kph.
Ordinario said “Vicky” is not expected to further intensify and will remain as a tropical depression while crossing the Philippine archipelago over the weekend.
“Vicky” is the first tropical cyclone to enter the country this December and the 22nd for this year — already above the annual average of 20.
PAGASA earlier said that more rains are expected in the coming months due to the onset of La Niña.
33 areas still under signal number 1
While the tropical depression is still moving over the Mindanao landmass, PAGASA said strong breeze to near gale conditions may be experienced over the following areas where a tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 was raised:
• Northern and central portion of Palawan (Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, San Vicente, Dumaran, Araceli, Taytay, El Nido) including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands
• Southern Leyte
• Negros Oriental
• Negros Occidental
• Southern portion of Leyte (Baybay City, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Palompon, Merida, Isabel)
• Central and southern portions of Cebu (Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordoba, Balamban, Cebu City, Talisay City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Aloguinsan, Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Argao, Dalaguete, Badian, Alegria, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) including Camotes Islands
• Central and southern portions of Iloilo (Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Janiuay, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Duenas, Badiangan, Barotac Nuevo, Zarraga, Pototan, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Cabatuan, Maasin, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin)
• Southern portion of Antique (Valderrama, San Remigio, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y, Bugasong, Laua-An, Patnongon, San Jose, Belison)
• Dinagat Islands
• Surigao del Norte
• Surigao del Sur
• Agusan del Norte
• Agusan del Sur
• Davao Oriental
• Davao del Norte
• Davao de Oro
• Davao City
• Misamis Oriental
• Misamis Occidental
• Lanao del Norte
• Lanao del Sur
• Cotabato City
• North Cotabato
• Zamboanga del Sur
• Zamboanga Sibugay
• Northern portion of Davao del Sur (Santa Cruz, Digos City, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy)
• Northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Tampilisan, Liloy, Salug, Bacungan, Godod, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Sergio Osmena Sr., Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Pinan, Mutia, La Libertad, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal)
Areas placed under signal number 1 will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph or intermittent rains within 36 hours which could bring light or no damage to low-risk structures, or light to medium damage to high-risk structures, PAGASA said.
Heavy rains to persist
Due to the combined effects of “Vicky” and the tail-end of a frontal system, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are expected over Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Southern Leyte, Leyte, and Bohol until Saturday morning.
The weather systems will also bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over the Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, the rest of Visayas, Davao Region, and Northern Mindanao during the same period.
PAGASA warned on possible flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards and in localities that received significant antecedent rainfall over the past couple of days or weeks.
Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels, PAGASA added.
Gale warning raised
Meanwhile, the state weather bureau said that strong to gale force winds are likely over the seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas over the weekend due to the surge of the prevailing northeast monsoon or “amihan.”
With this, a gale warning was raised over the coasts of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Island, Isabela, Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, eastern coast of Quezon including Polillo Islands, northern coast of Ilocos Norte, eastern coast of Albay, eastern coast of Sorsogon, eastern coasts of Northern and Eastern Samar, eastern coast of Leyte, and western coast of Ilocos Norte.
Sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea craft, over seaboards where a gale warning was raised due to rough to very rough sea conditions and wave height of up to 4.5 meters, PAGASA warned.