'Urduja' slams Palawan after flooding Visayas areas


Posted at Dec 18 2017 08:36 AM | Updated as of Dec 18 2017 12:17 PM

This satellite image from PAGASA shows the location of tropical depression Urduja and another storm.

MANILA - Tropical depression "Urduja" (international name: Kai-tak) slammed into northern Palawan on Monday, after inundating large swaths of the Visayas, as a new storm formed ahead of Christmas.

At least 26 people died in a landslide in Biliran on Sunday while tens of thousands fled floodwaters, including those in areas devastated by Super Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) 4 years ago.

Urduja whipped Narra town on Palawan's northeastern tip with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and 75 kph gusts at 8 a.m. It is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Tuesday, according to the state weather bureau.

The brewing storm, which will be named "Vinta," was spotted 1,950 kilometers east of Mindanao at 4 a.m., with maximum sustained winds 40 kph and gusts of up to 50 kph, PAGASA said.

Urduja could weaken as it moves out of the country, PAGASA meteorologist Samuel Duran told DZMM. Vinta could also be downgraded into a low pressure area, he said.

Moderate to occasionally heavy rains are expected over Calabarzon, Aurora, Bicol, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon due to the tail end of a cold front. Residents there were warned of possible floods and landslides, PAGASA said.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience scattered rains due to the northeast monsoon or "amihan," PAGASA said.

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