Signal no. 1 hoisted over 12 Mindanao areas

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Friday, March 21, 2014

MANILA (Updated) -- Twelve areas in Mindanao are now under public storm warning signal number 1 as the low pressure area (LPA) east of Mindanao has intensified a into a tropical depression, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Friday.

Pagasa said that public storm warning signal no. 1 was hoisted over Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Northern part of Davao del Sur, Davao City, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, North Cotabato, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental.

In an interview, Pagasa weather forecaster Manny Mendoza said Tropical Depression Caloy is the third tropical cyclone to enter the country this year and the first for this month of March.

He said that as of 4:00 a.m., Caloy was spotted some 360 kilometers (km) east of Davao City (7.2ºN, 129.0ºe) with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and forecast to move west slowly.

Citing numerical models and its slow movement, he said Caloy may make landfall in Davao Oriental likely within the next 24 hours.

According to Pagasa, the potential impact of public storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours) is the following:

•Twigs and branches of trees may be broken;

•Some banana plants may tilt or land flat on the ground;

•Rice in flowering stage may suffer significant damage;

•Some nipa and cogon houses may be partially unroofed; and

•Travel of small seacrafts and fishing boats is risky

Tropical Depression Caloy

Pagasa added that residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

He said estimated rainfall amount within the 300-km diameter of the cyclone is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, which is classified as “moderate to heavy.”

If Caloy maintains its slow westward track, he said the cyclone will likely traverse Mindanao and may linger inside the country.

Because of the tropical depression, Mendoza said most parts of the Visayas and Mindanao will experience “cloudy skies” with light to moderate rains until weekend.

He noted that the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will not be affected by the cyclone and will continue to experience fair weather aside from isolated light rains due to the northeasterly windflow.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said the cyclone is projected to be at 180 km east of Davao City by Saturday morning.

By Sunday morning, it is expected to be at 40 km north of Davao City and at 180 km west of Davao City on Monday morning. (PNA)

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