• ‘Amang’ maintains strength while moving closer to Samar provinces


    Tropical storm “Amang” maintains its strength while moving closer to the Samar provinces in Eastern Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

    In its latest weather bulletin, PAGASA said that as of 4 p.m., storm “Amang” was located at 475 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar (11.5°N, 129.8°E), packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move westward at 15 kph.

    With its present speed and movement, TS “Amang” is expected to hit Northern Samar on Saturday evening.

    PAGASA said the storm is forecast to be at 140 km northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar by Saturday afternoon; 90 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte by Sunday afternoon; and 135 km east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan by Monday afternoon.

    Meanwhile, the areas under public storm warning signal (PSWS) No. 1 (winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) are Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Burias Island, Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran and Leyte.

    Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with PSWS#1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Ocean waves may reach up to 6.5 meters.

    The estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within the 350-km diameter of the tropical storm.

    Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.

    PAGASA also said that in the next six hours, there is a possibility of raising PSWS#1 over Camarines Norte, Marinduque and Southern Quezon.

    In the next 24-hour forecast, PAGASA said the Bicol region and Eastern Visayas will have occasional rains with gusty winds.

    Central Visayas and CARAGA region will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains while the rest of the Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains. Thunderstorms are likely to occur over these areas.

    The agency said that due to the northeast monsoon affecting Luzon, Cagayan Valley and the Cordilleras will have cloudy skies with light rains while the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated light rains.

    Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and from the northeast to northwest over the rest of the archipelago with moderate to rough seas. PNA


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