TROPICAL depression “Urduja” (international name: Kaitak) has intensified into a tropical storm and continues to threaten Samar provinces, according to the state-run weather bureau.
In its 5:00 p.m. forecast, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) raised Signal No. 2 over Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.
Pagasa said these areas may experience winds of up to 61-120 kilometers per hour (kph) for the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, under Signal No. 1 are in:
Luzon: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, and Romblon.
Visayas: Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu including Bantay Island, Capiz, Aklan and Northern Iloilo.
The tropical depression was 85 kilometers (km) east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
It is expected to move westward at 7 kph and make landfall over Eastern Samar on Friday morning.
Expect heavy rainfall within the 400-km diameter of the tropical depression.
Mindanao, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, the rest of Bicol and the rest of Visayas will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to Urduja.
Mimaropa is Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan while Calabarzon is Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains due to the northeast monsoon, Pagasa said. GLEE JALEA