• 28 provinces under Signal 1, TD Zoraida maintains strength, moves closer to Davao

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    Twenty eight provinces are now under public storm warning signal no. 1 as Tropical Depression “Zoraida” is now moving closer to the Davao Area, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Tuesday.

    In a interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m., the center of tropical depression Zoraida was located at 216 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur or at 192 km East of Davao City with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph.

    He added that Zoraida’s speed stays at 30 kph but change its movement from west northwest to northwest.

    He said the cyclone is predicted to further intensify before hitting land.

    However, he noted that it will not be as strong and powerful as typhoon “Yolanda.”

    If the cyclone maintains its speed and direction, Mendoza said “Zoraida” will traverse Surigao del Sur, Agusan Del Sur, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, southern part of Negros, Palawan and will likely exit the Philippineterritory via West Philippine Sea by Thursday morning.

    He said the circulation of the tropical depression may not reach the provinces of Leyte and Samar, which were earlier hit hard by typhoon “Yolanda.”

    He added “Zoraida” is also expected make landfall in the eastern part of Mindanao, Camiguin island, Siquijor or southern part Negros Oriental, northern part of Palawan’s Cuyo Island.

    Mendoza said that areas that were placed under public storm warning signal number 1 are Cuyo Island and the Calamian group of islands in northern Palawan, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Samal Island, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Camiguin Island, Northern Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.

    Mendoza said these areas will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph for at least 36 hours.

    He said winds of this intensity will break twigs and branches of trees and may partially unroof some houses of very light materials.

    He advised small sea crafts and fishing boats in these areas not to venture out into the sea.

    He further noted that “moderate to heavy” rains or five to 15 millimeters of rain per hour is expected within the 300-kilometer diameter of the cyclone.

    Residents in low lying areas and near mountain slopes are advised to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

    With its speed and movement, he noted that Zoraida is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Thursday.

    Zoraida is forecast to be at 123 km South Southwest of Iloilo City by Wednesday morning.

    It is also expected to be at 517 km west of Coron, Palawan Thursday morning and by Thursday afternoon to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) or at 890 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan.

    For Tuesday forecast, Mendoza said the regions of Davao, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga peninsula, ARMM, province of north Cotabato, Central and Western Visayas, northern Palawan and the islands of Camiguin, Calamian, Cuyo and Samal will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas.

    He added that the rest of Palawan, Visayas and of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.

    Mendoza said the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains.

    PAGASA also issued gale warning due to northeast monsoon as strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the Northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and Eastern seaboard of Luzon.

    “Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said.

    PAGASA said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast to east will prevail over Luzon and Visayas and coming from the northeast to north over the rest of Mindanao.

    The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough. PNA

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