The low pressure area (LPA) off Mindanao has intensified into a tropical depression named “Kabayan,” becoming the first storm to hit the Philippines this month, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pagasa weather specialist Patrick del Mundo reported that Signal No. 1 has been raised in various areas in the Visayas region and Mindanao. These include the southern portion of Samar, the southern portion of Eastern Samar, the eastern and southern portions of Leyte, and Southern Leyte.
The same storm alert is also in effect for Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, and the northern and eastern portions of Agusan del Sur. Additionally, areas such as the northern portion of Davao Oriental, the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental, and Camiguin are also under Signal No. 1.
In the latest bulletin issued at 5 a.m., Pagasa stated that the center of the eye of “Kabayan” was estimated to be 525 kilometers east of Davao City, Davao del Sur. The tropical depression is moving westward at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph).
“Kabayan” has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center, with gustiness of up to 70 kph. It is expected to make landfall along the coast of Surigao del Sur or Davao Oriental, while maintaining its strength and following a west-northwest path in the next two days.
Pagasa further added, “The tropical cyclone is forecast to make another landfall over central or southern Palawan as a tropical depression.”
In addition to the tropical depression, Pagasa also warned of heavy rainfall in the eastern portion of Southern Luzon until Monday, due to the presence of a shear line.
As the tropical depression “Kabayan” continues to develop, it is crucial for residents in the affected areas to stay updated with the latest weather advisories and follow the instructions of local authorities. Precautionary measures should be taken to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals and communities.
It is important to note that weather conditions can change rapidly, and it is advisable to stay informed through reliable sources such as Pagasa for the most accurate and up-to-date information.
Let us all remain vigilant and prepared during this period of inclement weather, prioritizing the safety and security of ourselves and our fellow Filipinos.
Source: The Manila Times