MANILA (UPDATE) - Tropical depression Usman may hit land over Eastern Samar on Saturday morning, Dec. 29, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Slowly moving west, the center of the tropical cyclone was last spotted 125 kilometers east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar as of 2 a.m. Saturday.
Usman continues to pack maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 65 kph.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:
- Northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Group of Islands
- southern Quezon
- Camarines Norte
- Camarines Sur
- Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
- southern Occidental Mindoro
- southern Oriental Mindoro
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- northern Cebu including Camotes Islands
- northern Negros Occidental
PAGASA said Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and Aurora will experience moderate to heavy rains while light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over the Visayas.
Flooding and landslides are possible in the said areas.
Usman, the 21st tropical cyclone to enter the country this year, is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Sunday evening, Dec. 30, and Monday morning, Dec. 31.