MANILA- State weather bureau PAGASA raised Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 over 12 areas in the central Philippines early Thursday amid the threat of Tropical Depression Usman.
The areas that may experience winds reaching 60 kilometers per hour in 36 hours are:
- Ticao Island
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- Northern Cebu
- Camotes Islands
- Dinagat Island
The center of the tropical depression was estimated at 435 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 4 a.m. Thursday, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and gusts of up to 65 kph.
Usman may intensify into a tropical storm prior to landfall over Eastern Samar Friday, according to PAGASA.
Moderate to heavy rains, which may trigger floods and landslides, may affect Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands starting Thursday.
Residents of these areas, especially those living near river channels and in low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, PAGASA said.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, and including areas under tropical cyclone warning signal, PAGASA added.