MANILA - Tropical storm warning signal no. 1 was raised Thursday morning over 10 areas in the country after tropical depression "Urduja" slightly accelerated as it moves west, state weather agency PAGASA said.
The storm signal was raised over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate in Luzon and Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte in the Visayas, PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. bulletin.
Urduja was last located 175 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 at 8 kph.
Urduja is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over Visayas, Bicol, Caraga, and Northern Mindanao.
PAGASA warned residents in these areas of possible flash floods and landslides.
PAGASA also advised fishermen and those with small boats against venturing over the eastern seaboard of Bicol and Eastern Visayas due to moderate to rough seas.
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