‘Agaton’ heading towards West PH Sea; all cyclone warning signals lifted


Posted at Jan 03 2018 05:39 AM

MANILA - Tropical depression "Agaton" has slowed down and is now heading toward the West Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

In its 5 a.m. advisory, PAGASA also lifted all tropical cyclone warning signals. 

Agaton was last spotted at 175 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan. It is packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 65 kph.

It is forecasted to move west at 25 kph and expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility Wednesday night.

The Visayas, Bicol, Palawan, and Quezon will continue to experience moderate to heavy rains due to trough of Agaton and tail end of a cold front.

PAGASA warned residents of these affected areas against flooding and landslides.

In Palawan, no damage or casualties were reported at the time this story was posted.

When Agaton made landfall, electric supply was briefly disrupted, but went back immediately.

Attorney Gil Acosta, public information officer of the Palawan Provincial Government, said they were more prepared this time following the onslaught of back-to-back storms Urduja and Vinta.