MANILA - Tropical depression "Urduja" has maintained its strength as it approaches Samar island, bringing moderate to heavy rains over MIMAROPA, Bicol, Visayas, and Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday night.
Tropical cyclone warning signal number 1 has also been raised over Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Samar.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Urduja was last spotted 295 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 65 kph.
The tropical depression is currently moving west northwest at 7 kph.
PAGASA warned fishermen and those with small boats against venturing over the eastern seaboard of Bicol and Eastern Visayas due to moderate to rough seas.