'Agaton' seen to make 6th landfall on Tuesday night


Posted at Jan 02 2018 06:35 PM

MANILA - Tropical depression Agaton was expected to intensify into a storm as it moves away from the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.

In its 5 p.m. update, PAGASA said Agaton was expected to make its 6th landfall in the vicinity of Palawan on Tuesday night bringing moderate to heavy rains.

Agaton, last spotted by PAGASA at 185 kms east southeast of Puerto Princesa City, was moving westward at 28 kph, packing 55 kph maximum winds and 65 kph gusts.

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

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

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

The state weather bureau, meanwhile, also warned of heavy rains in Bicol Region, Samar provinces, Southern Quezon, Panay Island and the rest of MIMAROPA provinces due to Agaton.

The storm was expected to exit the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday afternoon.