Tropical depression Agaton maintains strength; Signal No. 1 up in VisMin areas

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), on Tuesday, April 12, said that tropical depression Agaton (international name: Megi) maintained its strength and it is now over Quinapondan, eastern Samar.


It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 75 kph.

Due to this weather disturbance, tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) no. 1 is still raised in eastern Samar, Samar, northern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, southern Leyte, Camotes Island, and Dinagat Islands.

PAGASA likewise stated that in the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy with at times heavy rains may still persist in eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, the northern and central parts of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Capiz, Aklan, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and the northern and central portions of Negros Provinces.

“Agaton is forecast to move slowly or almost stationary in the next six to 12 hours. This tropical depression is forecast to deteriorate into a remnant low within the next 24 hours,” said the state weather bureau.