'Agaton' maintains strength, moves slowly


Posted at Jan 18 2014 09:41 AM | Updated as of Jan 20 2014 08:59 AM

Satellite Image 4:32 a.m., 18 January 2014. Image courtesy of PAGASA


MANILA (4TH UPDATE) -- Tropical depression "Agaton" maintained its strength while moving slowly in a west southwest direction, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday evening.

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin on Sunday, PAGASA said Agaton was last spotted 180 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

It was moving west southwest at only 5 kilometers per hour (kph) while packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center.

Agaton is expected to be 100 kilometers southeast of Davao City or 160 kms east tomorrow evening and 30 kilometers northeast of General Santos City by Tuesday evening.

Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur and Compostella Valley. PAGASA said these areas will experience 30 to 60 kph winds in 36 hours.

An estimated rainfall of 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) is expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.

Agaton will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over Northern Mindanao and the rest of the CARAGA region, PAGASA said.

Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and the CARAGA region.

Agaton, a former Low-Pressure Area (LPA) that lingered over the Visayas and Mindanao regions for days, has already killed 37 people after its rains triggered floods and landslides, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said.