MANILA- Tropical Depression Samuel slowed down Tuesday night as it approached the Leyte Gulf area, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Samuel is moving west, northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (kph), slower than its earlier reported speed of 20 kph, PAGASA said in its 8 p.m. weather advisory.
It, however, continues to pack maximum sustained winds of up to 55 kph and gusts of up to 65 kph. As of 7 p.m., the center of Samuel was spotted at 135 kms east, southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
PAGASA said the tropical depression was expected to touch land on Tuesday night in the area between the southern portion of Eastern Samar and Dinagat Islands.
It is also expected to bring moderate to heavy rains that may trigger flooding and landslides in the Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, southern Quezon and Dinagat Islands.
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 was hoisted over the following areas:
-Masbate including Ticao Island
-southern Oriental Mindoro
-southern Occidental Mindoro
-Palawan including Cuyo Island and Calamian Group of Islands
-Surigao del Norte
-Surigao del Sur
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
Samuel is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday.
PAGASA advised fisherfolk and small vessels to refrain from venturing off the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon due to rough waves.
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