'Basyang' weakens after 5 landfalls

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Saturday, February 1, 2014

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Basyang (international name: Kajiki) weakened after making five landfalls over the Visayas and Mindanao, the state weather bureau said late Friday evening.

In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Buddy Javier said Basyang made first landfall around 6 p.m. at Siargao Island then at Dinagat Island around 7:45 p.m. ; 8:30 p.m. at Panaon Island in Southern Leyte; by 9 p.m. landfall at Padre Burgos, Leyte and at Ubay, Bohol at 10 p.m.

Javier said that as of 10 p.m. tropical storm Basyang was located at the vicinity of Ubay, Bohol.

He added that due to several landfalls, Basyang's strength decrease to 65 kilometers per hour (kph) from 85 kph while its gustiness also lessened from 100 kph to 80 kph.

He added that Basyang continues to move westward while its movement also accelerated from 33 kilometers per hour (kph) to 39 kph.

With its speed, Basyang is expected to be out of the country by Sunday afternoon towards Vietnam.

According to Javier, the 24 areas placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) 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

Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over 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.

"Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal number 2 and number 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges," Pagasa warned.

The agency said Basyang may bring rainfall of five to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 400-km diameter.

Pagasa also advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and the eastern and southern seaboards of southern Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

Meanwhile, Pagasa issued at 11 p.m. Orange rainfall warning in the province of Cebu and Bohol while Yellow rainfall warning in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental.

"Flooding is threatening and people are advised to monitor the weather condition and for the next updates," Pagasa concluded. (PNA/Sunnex)

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