Urduja moves away from RP

November 25, 2009 12:56 pm 

MANILA, Nov. 25 — Tropical depression Urduja has accelerated upon reaching near dissipation stage as it moves away from the country, the weather bureau said.

As of 10:00 a.m., Urduja was spotted some 320 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its latest bulletin issued at 11 a.m.

However, signal number 1 remains hoisted over Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur and Siargao Island where downpour may trigger landslides and flashfloods, the Pagasa said.

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes in areas under storm signal warning signal 1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides, it said.

Northeastern Mindanao will have rains and occasional gusty winds with moderate to rough seas while Visayas and the rest of Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, it added.

Northeast monsoon is currently affecting large areas of Luzon which may experience partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers especially in the afternoon.

Urduja is moving northeast at 15 kph, with speed of maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near center.

"Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere now lowered," the Pagasa bulletin stated.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds is expected to affect the seaboards of Luzon and the seaboards of Southern Mindanao, it said.

In its gale warning advisory, the Pagasa warned strong to medium sized vessels against venturing out to the sea due to rough sea conditions which may cause seacrafts to capsize. (PNA) LDV/MPC

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