MANILA — (UPDATE) Tropical storm "Urduja" slightly weakened after making landfall in Eastern Samar Saturday afternoon, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The tropical storm, which now traverses the northern part of Samar, packs maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.
It is forecast to move westward at a speed of 15 kph.
PAGASA said scattered to widespread rains will continue over Bicol, Central and Western Visayas, southern Quezon, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Cuyo Islands and and is expected to prevail over northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands.
Residents in the said areas are also advised to take appropriate measures against flooding and landslides and to coordinate with their local disaster risk reduction and management offices.
As of 7 p.m., the center of the tropical storm was spotted in the vicinity of San Jorge, Samar.
The following tropical cyclone warning signals remain hoisted over these areas:
SIGNAL NO. 2:
Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Islands
Northern part of Samar
SIGNAL No. 1:
Calamian Group of Islands
Northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands
Northern part of Negros Oriental
Southern part of Occidental Mindoro
Southern part of Oriental Mindoro
Rest of Iloilo
Rest of Antique
Rest of Samar
PAGASA also warned against sea travel in areas under tropical cyclone warning signals.