'Basyang' heads for Surigao


Posted at Jan 31 2014 08:07 AM | Updated as of Jan 31 2014 07:58 PM

MANILA – Public storm warning signal number 1 has been hoisted over 19 areas in Visayas and Mindanao as tropical depression "Basyang" continued to approach the country's eastern seaboard.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that as of 4 a.m., Basyang was spotted 768 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Basyang was still packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, moving west at 30 kph.

Speaking to dzMM, PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong said based on its current speed and direction, Basyang will make landfall in Surigao provinces between 11 p.m. Friday and 2 a.m. Saturday.

Quitlong said Basyang may weaken and be downgraded to a low pressure area upon landfall.

Due to Basyang, signal no. 1 has been hoisted over southern part of Samar, southern part of Eastern Samar, Leyte, Biliran, Southern Leyte, Camotes Islands, Cebu, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor Island, and Bohol.

Also under signal no. 1 are Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, northern part of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Camiguin Island, Dinagat Islands, and Misamis Oriental.

PAGASA said residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal no. 1 should prepare for possible flash floods and landslides.

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

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and of Visayas.