MANILA - Tropical depression "Urduja" has maintained its strength as it moves slowly over the Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday night.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said "Urduja" was spotted 415 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 65 kph.
Urduja is expected to bring scattered to widespread rains over Visayas, Bicol, and Caraga.
PAGASA advised fishermen and those with small boats not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga due to moderate to rough seas.
"Urduja" is moving north northwest at 6 kph. It may intensify into a tropical storm within 36 hours.