MANILA - A low pressure area off Northern Samar has intensified into tropical depression "Salome," state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
In its 8:00 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said "Salome" was last spotted in the vicinity of Mondragon, Northern Samar. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.
Signal no. 1 was raised over Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Romblon, Marinduque, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte including Biliran.
Residents in these areas, as well as those in the rest of Bicol region, Calabarzon, Metro Manila and the eastern section of Central Luzon, are warned of possible flash floods and landslides.
"Salome" is moving west northwest at 25 kph. It is expected to be at 175 kilometers southwest of Subic by Friday morning. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday morning.