Moderate to heavy rains ahead due to Amang - PAGASA

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Posted at Jan 20 2019 09:26 AM | Updated as of Jan 20 2019 10:28 PM

MANILA -- (3rd UPDATE) Tropical depression Amang on Sunday will dump moderate to heavy rains over large swaths of the country before it pummels a central island, the state weather bureau said.

In its 8 p.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said the storm was last seen 135 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte at 7 p.m.

It has maintained its strength, packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts.

Amang is moving west northwest at 25 kph and is expected to make landfall over Surigao del Norte mainland or Siargao Islands Sunday night.

The storm's moderate to heavy rains will bring "a high risk" of floods and landslides in Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern Negros Provinces, Northern Cebu, and Bohol, warned PAGASA.

The same rain intensity will lash Eastern Visayas and Bicol region until Tuesday, it added.

PAGASA also raised public storm warning signal number 1 in Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Bohol and Northern Cebu, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Camiguin.

These areas may be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in 36 hours, said the weather agency.

It also advised fishermen and small sea vessels to refrain from sailing off the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, and eastern seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

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