MANILA - Tropical depression "Salome" has maintained its strength as it continues to move towards the area of Southern Quezon and Marinduque, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
As of 5 p.m., PAGASA said "Salome" was spotted 65 kms southwest of Pili, Camarines Sur. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.
Signal no. 1 is raised in the following areas: Metro Manila, Rizal, Bataan, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao and Burias Islands, Romblon, Marinduque, Quezon, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro.
PAGASA warned residents in these areas, as well as those living in the eastern section of Central Luzon, of possible flash floods and landslides, as "Salome" is expected to bring strong rains.
The storm warning signal was, meanwhile, lifted in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte.
"Salome" is moving west northwest at 25 kph. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Saturday morning.