Tropical depression 'Lannie' likely to make another landfall in Panay Island Monday evening


Tropical depression "Lannie" is headed for another landfall in the southern portion of Panay Island on Monday evening, Oct. 4, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 8 p.m. tropical cyclone bulletin.

Lannie has so far made eight landfalls 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.).

As of 7 p.m., PAGASA said Lannie was already over the coastal waters of San Joaquin, Iloilo.

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

Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 remains in effect in the 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, and northern and central portions of Negros Oriental.

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

"Tonight (Oct. 4) through tomorrow morning (Oct. 5), moderate to heavy rains are likely over Western Visayas and Mimaropa," PAGASA said.

"Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Calabarzon, Bicol Region, Mindanao, and the rest of Visayas," 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 may still prevail 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 and may make landfall over the southern portion of Panay Island Monday evening before emerging over 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, while moving toward 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.