'Urduja' to make landfall Saturday; storm signals up

Aleta Nieva Nishimori, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 15 2017 10:43 AM | Updated as of Dec 15 2017 06:10 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Weather bureau PAGASA on Friday warned residents of Eastern Visayas, particularly the Samar provinces, to brace for more rains as Tropical Storm Urduja continued its slow movement as it crossed central Philippines. 

"Ang Eastern Visayas, particularly dito sa Samar Provinces, nananatiling nasa danger dahil ang Tropical Storm Urduja nananatiling mabagal ang pagkilos nito, dahilan kung bakit nakaka-experience ang maraming kababayan natin dito sa Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas ng moderate to heavy rainfall over the past 24 hours," said weather specialist Loriedin De la Cruz.

As of 1 p.m. Friday, Urduja was spotted 230 kms east of Borongan City in Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gusts of up to 90 kph. 

Urduja is forecast to move northwest at 5 kph and is expected to bring moderate to heavy rainfall in areas within its 500-km diameter.

PAGASA said Urduja is likely to make landfall Saturday morning or afternoon over Northern Samar or the Eastern Samar area.

Scattered to widespread rains will continue over Eastern Visayas and Caraga and are likewise expected to prevail over the Bicol Region and the rest of the Visayas within 24 hours.

De la Cruz said Guian in Eastern Samar had the highest rainfall amount recorded over the past 24 hours at 780 mm, followed by Borongan, Eastern Samar (343 mm), Catbalogan, Western Samar (215 mm), Tacloban City, Leyte (192.4 mm), and Maasin, Southern Leyte (95.4 mm). 

"Ang ating mga kababayan diyan lalo na 'yung mga nasa low-lying areas, binabaha na po," she said.

"Patuloy nating ina-advise na sumunod po sa mga instruction ng local government units pagdating sa evacuation kung necessary po 'yun at mag-monitor ng updates from PAGASA dahil nakikita natin na medyo delikado po ang kanilang sitwasyon dito dahil po sa patuloy na pagbuhos ng ulan," she added.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 is still raised over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.

Signal No. 1 is hoisted over the following areas:

LUZON:

Catanduanes
Camarines Sur
Albay
Sorsogon
Romblon 
Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Islands

VISAYAS:

Leyte
Southern Leyte
Nothern Cebu
Capiz
Aklan
Northern Iloilo 

MINDANAO:

Dinagat Islands

Meanwhile, sea travel remains risky over the eastern seaboards of the Bicol Region and the Visayas due to the approaching storm.

Several areas in the Visayas cancelled classes on Friday because of the typhoon.