'Basyang' approaches Cebu; more areas under storm signal

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- The country's weather agency has placed more areas under storm warning signals as Tropical Storm Basyang (international name: Kajiki) has slightly weakened and is now approaching Cebu Friday night.

According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather bulletin, Basyang was located at the vicinity of Ubay, Bohol as of 10:00 p.m. Friday.

Basyang is expected to cross Cebu City, Negros Provinces, Guimaras, Southern Panay, Northern Palawan and will exit to the West Philippine Sea, Pagasa said.

Placed under storm signal number 2 are: Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran Province, Samar, Eastern Samar, Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Northern Part of Surigao del Sur, and Northern Part of Agusan del Norte.

Areas under signal number 1 are: Rest of Palawan, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Masbate, Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, rest of Agusan del Norte, rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, northern part of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte and Zamboanga del Norte.

With maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph, Basyang was forecast to move west at 33 kph, Pagasa reported.

The storm is forecast to move west at 39 kph. It is expected to be at 306 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Saturday evening and at
1,343 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City or the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Pagasa said residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal number 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges.

Pagasa added that the estimated rainfall amount that Basyang will bring is from 5 - 15 millimeters per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 400-kilometer diameter of the tropical storm. (Sunnex)

Tropical Storm Basyang
Satellite Image of Tropical Storm Basyang as of 12:32 a.m., 01 February 2014. (Source: http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/)

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