• 5 areas in Visayas, Mindanao under signal 1 as tropical depression nears

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    Northern Samar, Western Samar and Eastern Samar in the Visayas, and Dinagat Island and Siargao Island in Mindanao are now under storm signal no. 1 as a low pressure area (LPA) has grown into a tropical depression that has been named “Gorio.”

    The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday Gorio, the seventh tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, will enhance the southwest monsoon and bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Visayas and Mindanao.

    As of 4 a.m. Friday, the tropical depression was 500 km east of Surigao City with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph.

    It is forecast to move northwest at 7 kph and could strengthen into a storm by the time it makes landfall in southern Luzon particularly in Aurora province.

    The rest of country will continue to have sunny to partly cloudy skies with possible passing rains in the afternoon or evening.

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