New tropical depression spotted as ‘Urduja’ weakens-Pagasa

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ANOTHER tropical depression was spotted outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) as tropical depression “Urduja” weakened while slowly hovering over Masbate on Sunday.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 11:00 a.m. forecast that the new tropical depression would be named “Vinta” when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday or Wednesday.

It was spotted 1,990 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 40 kilometers per hour (kph) and 50 kph.

It could follow the same track as Urduja, the state-run weather bureau added.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 remains up over the following areas:

Luzon: southern part of Mindoro provinces, Romblon, Sorsogon, Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Islands, and northern part of Palawan including Cuyo and Calamian group of islands.

Visayas: Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Northern Samar, Samar and Biliran.

Urduja was located in the vicinity of Mobo, Masbate, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

The slow-moving tropical depression is expected to move west-southwest at 15 kph and exit the country on Wednesday morning.

Pagasa added that scattered to at times widespread rains would continue over Southern Quezon, Batangas, Mindoro provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan including Cuyo and Calamian Group of Islands. Meanwhile, rains over Bicol Region and Visayas caused by Urduja are forecast to gradually weaken.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience cloudy skies with light rains due to the northeast monsoon.

The rest of Mindanao, on the other hand, will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains caused by localized thunderstorms.

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