• New storm could follow Yolanda’s path

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    Baby Beatriz Joy is held by her mother after being born on a pile of debris. AFP PHOTO

    Baby Beatriz Joy is held by her mother after being born on a pile of debris. AFP PHOTO

    TROPICAL depression Zoraida will make landfall in Mindanao but areas pounded by Super Typhoon Yolanda will feel its effects, weather forecasters said on Monday.

    Zoraida, the 25th cyclone to hit the country this year, is expected to make landfall in Surigao del Sur on Tuesday morning, bringing rainfall of 5 to 15 mm., classified as heavy.

    The tropical depression is expected to be 160 km east-southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, on Tuesday. By Wednesday morning, it will be over Tagbilaran, Bohol and Iloilo City.

    At least 17 provinces—five in the Visayas and 12 in Mindanao—were under storm warning signal No. 1 as the storm maintained its strength while changing direction and accelerating slightly after mid-morning Monday.

    Weather forecaster Bernie de Leon said that as of 10 a.m., the tropical depression was located at 830 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with 55 kph winds near the center.

    If Zorayda maintains direction and speed, it could follow the same path Yolanda took across Eastern and Central Visayas.

    Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental are signal no. 1.

    In the Visayas, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental and Southern Negros Occidental are also under signal No. 1.

    Zorayda is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.

    Weathermen expect Zoraida to be the last weather disturbance for the year.

    Each year, 19 to 23 typhoons hit the country. This year however, 25 typhoons entered Philippine territory.

    Pagasa weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said after Zoraida, the next storm will be named Alamid and next, Bruno.

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