Sluggish 'Urduja' continues to threaten Eastern Visayas


Posted at Dec 15 2017 06:09 PM | Updated as of Dec 16 2017 06:15 AM

Track of tropical storm "Urduja." Courtesy of PAGASA Facebook page

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:


-Eastern Samar
-Northern Samar


-Camarines Norte
-Camarines Sur
-Dinagat Islands
-Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands 
-Northern Bohol
-Northern Cebu
-Northern Iloilo 
-Northern Negros Occidental
-Southern Leyte

PAGASA also advised against sea travel over the eastern seaboards of Bicol and the Visayas due to the approaching tropical storm.