MANILA - (2nd UPDATE) Eastern Visayas will continue to experience heavy rains as tropical storm "Urduja" slowly traverses central Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday.
In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Urduja is forecast to move northwest at 5 kph and is expected to make landfall over the Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area either Saturday morning or afternoon.
Moderate to heavy rains are expected in areas within the 500-km diameter of the tropical storm, while scattered to widespread rains will continue over Eastern Visayas and are expected to prevail over Bicol and the rest of the Visayas within 24 hours.
As of 10 p.m., PAGASA said the center of Urduja was spotted at 240 kms east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
It packs maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
The following tropical cyclone warning signals remain hoisted over these areas:
SIGNAL NO. 2:
SIGNAL NO. 1:
-Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
-Northern Negros Occidental
PAGASA also advised against sea travel over the eastern seaboards of Bicol and the Visayas due to the approaching tropical storm.