'Basyang' makes landfall in Surigao

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 13 2018 09:31 AM | Updated as of Feb 13 2018 12:58 PM

MANILA - Tropical Storm Basyang made landfall in Cortes, Surigao Tuesday morning, bringing moderate to heavy rains in the area, the state weather bureau said.

Basyang, the second storm to hit the country this year, made landfall at 9:15 a.m.

PAGASA meteorologist Ariel Pojas told reporters the storm will pass through Caraga and Northern Mindanao before crossing the Bohol Sea and pounding the southern part of Negros Oriental.

Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Bohol, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Southern Leyte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and the northern section of Bukidnon.

Signal No. 1 meanwhile was raised in:

Palawan including the Calamian islands
Southern section of Masbate
Aklan
Capiz
Antique
Iloilo
Guimaras
Rest of Negros Occidental
Rest of Cebu
Leyte
Biliran
Samar
Eastern Samar
Zamboanga del Sur
Misamis Occidental
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Rest of Bukidnon
North Cotabato
Compostela Valley
Davao del Norte
Northern sections of Davao Oriental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Zamboanga Sibugay

Residents in these areas should brace for possible floods and landslides, warned Pojas.

BRACING FOR BASYANG

Local officials have prepared rescue equipment while residents sought safer ground as the storm approached.

In Buhangin, Davao City, some 200 residents walked to evacuation centers carrying blankets and mats.

Residents sleep on the floor of a covered gymnasium in Davao City. ABS-CBN News

Among them was Agnes Grande, who teared up as she expressed fear for a repeat of the floods that submerged her home before Christmas last year, when back-to-back storms Urduja and Vinta ravaged Mindanao and Visayas.

"Inuuna ko mother ko. Talaga wala akong iba na-save, ito lang kami lang basta buo ang pamilya namin," she told ABS-CBN News.

(I prioritize my mother's safety. I have not saved any belonging. What matters is that our family is complete.)

In Southern Cebu meanwhile, the army and disaster agency have placed 2 rescue teams on standby to help residents.

Soldiers prepare an army truck that will be used for disaster response. ABS-CBN News

Several local governments have also suspended classes ahead of Basyang's landfall.

Basyang will leave the Philippines on Friday if it continues moving northwest at 25 kph, PAGASA said.

Visit the ABS-CBN Weather Center for the latest weather updates.

With reports from Paul Palacio and Angelica Fay Saniel, ABS-CBN News