'Urduja' maintains strength, continues to batter Eastern Visayas

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Posted at Dec 14 2017 09:12 PM

Track of tropical storm "Urduja." Photo from PAGASA Facebook page

MANILA - Tropical storm "Urduja" has maintained its strength and remained stationary for the past three hours over Eastern Visayas, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday.

In its 8 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Urduja is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

The tropical storm was last spotted 85 kms east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and is forecast to move west at 7 kph.

The following tropical cyclone warning signals have been raised in these areas:

SIGNAL NO. 2:

-Eastern Samar
-Northern Samar
-Samar
-Biliran

SIGNAL NO.1:

-Catanduanes
-Camarines Sur
-Albay
-Sorsogon
-Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
-Romblon
-Leyte 
-Southern Leyte
-Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island
-Capiz
-Aklan
-Northern Iloilo
-Dinagat Islands

Scattered to widespread rains, meanwhile, are expected over Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Caraga, and Northern Mindanao within 24 hours, PAGASA said.

Urduja is forecast to weaken into a low pressure area by Monday as it approaches the Masbate area.

PAGASA also advised fisherfolk and those with small seacraft not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of the Bicol Region and seaboards of the Visayas due to moderate to rough seas.