Storm signal 1 up in Mindanao

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Friday, January 17, 2014

MANILA (Updated)-- The low pressure area (LPA), that has been lingering within the vicinity of the Philippines, intensified into a Tropical Depression and was named "Agaton" on Friday morning.

In its 10:30 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted Public Storm Warning Signal Number 1 over the following areas in Mindanao:
-Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island
-Surigao del Sur
-Dinagat Province
-Agusan del Norte
-Agusan del Sur
-Davao Oriental
-Compostela Valley

Residents in these areas should brace for winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) within the next 36 hours.

Tropical Depression Agaton
Satellite photo (Source: US NOAA)

As of 12 p.m., Agaton was seen at 150 kilometers (km) northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

It is packed with winds of 55 kilometers per hour near its center and was forecast to move southwestward at 5 kph.

Pagasa said the tropical depression is expected to be at 40 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Saturday morning, at 13 km northeast of Davao City by Sunday morning, and at 45 km northwest of General Santos City by Monday morning.

Eastern and Central Visayas may experience moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms.

Sea travel is also risky over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas, and Caraga Region. (SFP/Sunnex)

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