After 5 landfalls, 'Agaton' heads to Palawan


Posted at Jan 02 2018 11:25 AM | Updated as of Jan 02 2018 11:56 PM

MANILA - (UPDATED) Tropical depression Agaton is headed towards Palawan after making 5 landfalls on Tuesday, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

In its 2 p.m. update, PAGASA said Agaton is expected to make landfall in the vicinity of Puerto Princesa City on Tuesday night bringing moderate to heavy rains.

Agaton, last spotted by PAGASA at 265 km west of Dumaguete City, continues to move westward at 28 kph, packing 55 kph maximum winds and 90 kph gusts.

Signal no. 1 is up in Palawan including Cuyo Island. All other storm signals have been lifted. 

PAGASA said Agaton has already made landfall over Socorro and Claver, Surigao del Norte; Jagna, Bohol; Santander, Cebu; and Bais City, Negros Oriental on Tuesday alone. 

Cebu's Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office already reported two fatalities in the town of Malabuyoc early Tuesday morning. 

The state weather bureau, meanwhile, also warns of heavy rains in Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Panay Island, Romblon, and Mindoro provinces due to Agaton.

The storm is expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility on Wednesday afternoon.