More areas under signal no. 1
MANILA (UPDATE) - Tropical depression "Salome" has slightly intensified as it continues to move towards Southern Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.
As of 2:00 p.m,, PAGASA said "Salome" was spotted in the vicinity of Legazpi City, Albay. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph.
The state weather bureau is not ruling out the possibility of "Salome" intensifying into a tropical storm.
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 and Occidental Mindoro, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Leyte, including Biliran.
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.
"Tatahakin nito ang Bicol papunta South Luzon at inaasahang malakas ang ulan na dala-dala nitong si Tropical Depression 'Salome'," said PAGASA administrator Vicente Malano.
PAGASA forecaster Nicos Peñaranda said Quezon province would likely experience the heaviest rains Thursday night due to Salome, which is expected to traverse the Sibuyan Sea this afternoon.
"Salome" is moving west at 25 kph. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday.
"Pinakamarami pong ulan sa area ng Alabat. Ang Quezon po ang mapupuruhan sa pagdaan ng bagyo. 'Yung ulan talaga mangyayari mamayang gabi hanggang madaling araw," Peñaranda added.