14 areas remain under Signal No. 1 due to tropical depression 'Lannie'


Fewer areas remain under Signal No. 1 after tropical depression "Lannie" made eight landfalls on Monday, Oct. 4, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 p.m. tropical cyclone bulletin.

Lannie has so far made landfall in these areas: Bucas Grande Island, Socorro, Surigao del Norte (4:30 a.m.); Cagdianao, Dinagat Islands (5 a.m.); Liloan, Southern Leyte (7:30 a.m.); Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte (8 a.m.); Mahanay Island, Talibon, Bohol (12:30 p.m.); and Banacon Island, Jetafe, Bohol (12:45 p.m.); San Fernando, Cebu (1:45 p.m.); and Guihulngan, Negros Oriental (3:30 p.m.).

It is still packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph but is moving slightly faster at 25 kph westward.

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 remains in effect in the southern portion of Masbate, southern portion of Romblon, southern portion of Oriental Mindoro, southern portion of Occidental Mindoro, northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, northern and central portions of Negros Oriental, Cebu, and Bohol.

PAGASA said that tropical cyclone wind signals in other areas have been lifted.

"Today (Oct. 4) through tomorrow morning (Oct. 5), moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are likely over Western Visayas, Mimaropa," PAGASA said.

"Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Calabarzon, Bicol Region, and Mindanao," it added.

PAGASA advised those in these areas to take precautions against possible flash floods or landslides, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.

Moreover, strong winds with occasional gusts will be experienced over most of the areas under Signal No. 1.

"The enhanced easterly flow north of the tropical depression may also bring occasional gusts reaching strong breeze to near gale in strength over extreme northern Luzon and the coastal and upland or mountainous areas of the eastern section of Luzon in the next 24 hours," PAGASA said.

Based on the PAGASA's latest forecast, Lannie will move generally west-northwestward over the Visayas until Monday evening then to the Sulu Sea toward the Cuyo archipelago.

Afterward, the tropical depression may make another landfall over northern Palawan or Calamian Islands Tuesday morning, Oct. 5, then to the West Philippine Sea.

"Improvement in environmental conditions will allow the depression to intensify. It may likely be upgraded into a tropical storm by Tuesday evening or Wednesday early morning (Oct. 6)," PAGASA said.

Lannie will likely leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday morning, Oct. 7.