Storm signal No.1 raised in Catanduanes, Samar
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – A low-pressure area near Samar has gained strength and is now a tropical depression, according to the state weather bureau.
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has hoisted storm signal warning No. 1 over Catanduanes and Samar provinces.
PAGASA said tropical depression “Ambo” was last spotted 260 kilometers (km) east northeast of Borongan, Samar.
It is moving in a northwest direction with a speed of 15 kilometers per hour and packing winds of 55 kilometers per hour.
The weather disturbance is expected to bring rains in Eastern Visayas and Bicol as it continues to move towards the country.
It will also strengthen the Southwest Monsoon, which will bring rains in the western section of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Metro Manila.
Ambo is the first weather disturbance to enter the Philippine area of responsibility in 2012.
However, PAGASA said Ambo is not expected to make landfall.
PAGASA added that Ambo is expected to be at 190 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes by Friday night and 340 km east northeast of Tuguegarao City by Saturday night. -- Report from Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News