Tropical depression 'Lannie' makes 4th landfall; Signal No. 1 still up in 23 areas


Tropical depression "Lannie" has so far made four landfalls on Monday, Oct. 4, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 a.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.); and Padre Burgos, Southern Leyte (8 a.m.).

As of 10 a.m., PAGASA said tropical depression Lannie was already over the coastal waters of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.

It was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph while moving west-northwestward at 20 kph.

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, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, northern and central portions of Negros Oriental, Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, northern portion of Agusan del Norte, and Camiguin.

"Today (Oct. 4) through tomorrow morning (Oct. 5), moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are likely over Visayas, Mimaropa, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, and Dinagat Islands," PAGASA said.

"Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are also possible over Calabarzon and the rest of 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 or early Tuesday morning, when it is expected to emerge over the Sulu Sea and cross the Cuyo archipelago.

Afterward, the tropical depression may make another landfall over northern Palawan or Calamian Islands Tuesday morning before emerging over the West Philippine Sea.

"Throughout this entire period, Lannie is forecast to remain within tropical depression category, with a possibility of slight intensification once over Sulu Sea or West Philippine Sea," PAGASA said.

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