Storm to make landfall in Mindanao
MANILA - Large swaths of Visayas and Mindanao will experience moderate to heavy rains on Monday, as Tropical Storm Basyang (international name: Sanba) neared the southern Philippines, the state weather bureau said.
Basyang, the second storm to hit the country this year, is expected to slam into the Caraga region early Tuesday, the eve of Valentine's Day, PAGASA said.
At 1 p.m., the storm was located 570 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kilometers per hour and 80 kph gusts, PAGASA meteorologist Ariel Rojas told DZMM.
Surigao del Sur was placed under Signal No. 2, he said.
Signal No. 1 meanwhile was hoisted over:
- Southern portion of Samar
- Southern portion of Eastern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental and Siquijor
- Dinagat Islands
- Surigao del Norte
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Compostela Valley
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte
- Northern portion of Zamboanga del Sur
Residents in these areas should brace for possible floods and landslides, PAGASA warned.
Basyang will leave the Philippines on Friday if it continues moving west northwest at 22 kph, it said.
Back-to-back storms Urduja (Kai-tak) and Vinta (Tembin) ravaged the Mindanao and the Visayas before Christmas last year, leaving some 200 people killed.
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