AFTER making six landfalls, the last in Taytay, Palawan, Tropical Depression “Urduja” will be out of the country by Tuesday, the state-run weather bureau said on Monday.
“Palawan (will be Urduja’s) last landfall before it exits through the West Philippine Sea. Based from our forecast, it will not make landfall again because the environmental conditions over the area by then cannot affect its intensity anymore,” weather specialist Ariel Rojas of the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) told The Manila Times.
Before Palawan, Urduja (international name: Kai-tak) also made landfalls in San Policarpio, Eastern Samar on Saturday; Mobo, Masbate on Sunday; Sibuyan Islands; Malay in Aklan; and Cuyo Island in Palawan.
Urduja slightly weakened as it made landfall in Taytay, Palawan at 6 a.m. on Monday, Pagasa said.
As of 11:00 a.m., Pagasa located the center of Urduja at 90 kilometers north-northwest of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 60 kph.
The slow-moving tropical depression is forecast to move westward at 18 kph and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning.
At least 33 people died from the storm, as Samar and Leyte were placed under a state of calamity. These are:
- Kananga, Leyte
- Tanauan, Leyte
- Ormoc City, Leyte
- Carigara, Leyte
- Northern Samar
Scattered rains will continue over Palawan as Pagasa advised that residents in the affected area must undertake appropriate measures against flooding and landslides.
Meanwhile, the tropical depression outside PAR, which weakened into a low pressure area (LPA), is now 1,500 km east of Mindanao.
Pagasa will keep on monitoring whether the LPA will reintensify or dissipate in the coming days.
Although Urduja is not likely to affect other areas of the country like Calabarzon, Bicol region and the provinces of Aurora, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, they will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms caused by the tail-end of a cold front.
Calabarzon is Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon.
Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains because to localized thunderstorms.
On the other hand, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have cloudy skies with scattered rains due to the northeast monsoon, Pagasa said. GLEE JALEA