'Basyang' weakens into low pressure area


Posted at Feb 14 2018 06:02 PM

MANILA - Tropical Depression Basyang further weakened Wednesday afternoon and is now a low pressure area, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 5 p.m. advisory, PAGASA lifted all tropical cyclone warning signals but said there is still a possibility it may redevelop into a tropical depression. 

Basyang had made landfall in Cortes town in Surigao del Sur and then Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental on Tuesday. 

The LPA, last spotted 220 kilometers south of Puerto Princesa City, may bring moderate to heavy rains over Palawan.

Light to moderate rains are meanwhile expected over Quezon, Bicol, and Eastern Visayas due to the tail-end of a cold front.

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

The former tropical depression was the second storm to hit the Philippines after Tropical Storm Agaton devastated the southern part of the country over the New Year.

Back-to-back storms Urduja (Kai-tak) and Vinta (Tembin), meanwhile, ravaged Mindanao and Visayas before Christmas last year, leaving some 200 people dead.

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