MANILA - Tropical depression Agaton, the first major storm to hit the Philippines this year, is set to assimilate into the circulation of severe tropical storm Malakas in the next 24 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.
In a tropical cyclone bulletin, PAGASA said this is due to the combined effects of land interaction, increasing vertical wind shear, and the effects of the upper-level outflow of Malakas.
Agaton was last seen at 7 a.m. Tuesday over Marabut, Samar, according to the state weather bureau. It is moving eastward slowly.
Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1 is still raised over the following areas:
- The southern portion of Masbate (Dimasalang, Cawayan, Palanas, Placer, Cataingan, Esperanza, Pio V. Corpuz)
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- the northeastern portion of Cebu (Daanbantayan, Medellin, City of Bogo, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod) including Camotes Island
- Dinagat Islands
ABS-CBN resident meteorologist Ariel Rojas said that as of 3 a.m. Tuesday, Malakas was last seen 1, 235 km east of southern Luzon, close to the Philippine Area of Responsibility's (PAR) eastern boundary.
It has maximum winds of 110kph and gustiness of up to 135kph. It is moving north-northwestward at 15kph.
"Nagkaroon ng pasilangan na shift or pagkilos itong track ni severe tropical storm Malakas kaya ayon sa PAGASA, bumaba ang tsansa nito na pumasok sa loob ng PAR," Rojas said.
"Pero pag pumasok pa rin ito, dahil of course erratic ang movement ng bagyo, ito ay bibgiyan ng local name na Basyang, pero mananatili ito sa loob ng PAR nang napakaikling panahon lamang," he added.