Update: TS 'Basyang' gains strength as it moves towards S. Leyte, Surigao Del Norte

January 31, 2014 11:50 pm 

MANILA, Jan. 31 — Public storm warning signal no. 2 has been raised over 19 provinces in Visayas and Mindanao as tropical storm "Basyang" (Kajiki) has accelerated and gained more strength as it moves towards Southern Leyte-Surigao Del Norte area, the state weather bureau said on Friday.

In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 p.m., tropical storm Basyang was located at 201 km east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (10.1°N 127.3°E).

Aurelio said said Basyang’s wind strength increased from 65 kilometers per hour (kph) Friday morning to 85 kph in the afternoon, while its gustiness rose from 80 kph to 100 kph.

He added that Basyang continues to move westward while its movement also accelerated from 30 kph to 33 kph.

Aurelio said that if Basyang does not change course it is expected to make a landfall over Southern Leyte and Surigao del Norte late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.

With its speed, Basyang is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday evening and will head towards Vietnam, Aurelio said.

PAGASA said the areas placed under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds) include Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran Island, Camotes Island, Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, northern part of Surigao del Sur and northern part of Agusan del Norte.

Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Masbate, Palawan, Calamian Group of Island, Northern Samar, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, rest of Agusan del Norte, rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, northern part of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte.

"Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal No. 2 and No. 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal No. 2 are alerted against storm surges," PAGASA warned.

The agency said "Basyang" may bring rainfall of five to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 400-km diameter.

The state weather bureau also advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

Aurelio said that except for Palawan the rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will not be affected by the cyclone and will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible occurrence of light rains until Sunday only because of the cold northeast monsoon.

He added that Eastern Visayas which was battered by typhoon Yolanda last November will experience heavy rains due to tropical storm Basyang also the Caraga Region will also be affected by the storm.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said Basyang was forecast to be at 166 km Northeast of Puerto Princesa City by Saturday afternoon.

By Sunday afternoon it is predicted to be outside the PAR or at 529 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City. (PNA)

JBP/CLTC

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