MANILA - Large swaths of the country will experience a rainy Valentine's Day due to Tropical Depression Basyang, the state weather bureau said.
Basyang, the second storm to hit the country this year, will dump moderate to heavy rains in Palawan and Western Visayas. Light to moderate and occasionally heavy rains meanwhile will prevail over the rest of Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Caraga.
Residents in these areas should brace for possible landslides and floods, meteorologists warned.
At 7 a.m., Basyang was spotted 255 kilometers south of Cuyo, Palawan, packing top sustained winds of 45 kilometer per hour and 60 kph gutsts, said PAGASA.
The storm will slam into southern Palawan late Wednesday, making a second landfall after battering Surigao del Sur province on Tuesday, the office said.
Signal No. 1 was hoisted over Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo islands, which will be whipped by 30 to 60 kph winds in the next 36 hours, said PAGASA.
Basyang will leave the Philippine area of responsibility early Friday if it continues moving west southwest at 26 kph.
Back-to-back storms Urduja (Kai-tak) and Vinta (Tembin) ravaged the Mindanao and the Visayas before Christmas last year, leaving some 200 people killed.
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