Pagasa lifts storm signal in Davao Region

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Saturday, March 22, 2014

THE Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) lifted public storm signal no. 1 in Davao Region on Saturday, even before Tropical Depression "Caloy" made its landfall in Tandag City in Surigao del Sur Saturday morning.
The weather bureau monitored the tropical depression to have accelerated from 11 kilometers per hour (kph) to 15 kph and changed its direction from west to northwest as of 11 p.m. on Friday. Caloy maintained its strength as it moved closer to Surigao del Norte.

With the maximum strength of 45 kph, the tropical depression was predicted to move west at 11 kph. It was located 70 km southeast of Surigao City or in the vicinity of Tandag City in Surigao del Sur at 10 a.m. Sunday.

Storm signal no. 1 was still raised in Southern Leyte, Bohol, Siquijor, Cebu, Negros Provinces, Guimaras, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao, Dinagat, Northern Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Northern Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and Camiguin.


The Office of the Civil Defense (OCD) Davao Region chief for operations Antonio Cloma, in an interview, said the situation in Davao Region is normal, as the weather remained fair when the tropical depression made its landfall in Surigao del Sur.

"May mga pag-ulan in some areas, pero normal na pag-ulan. Tinanggal na rin ang Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, including Davao City and Davao del Sur, dun sa storm signal warning. So far, mabuti naman ang weather dito sa Region 11," Cloma said.

Caloy is expected to be at 60 km east of Dumaguete City by Sunday morning (March 23) and at 170 km east of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan by Monday morning (March 24). On Tuesday (March 25), it is expected to be at 170 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City.

Pagasa also warned those residents living in a low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal number one to prepare for possible flashfloods and landslides, as an estimated rainfall amount from 5-15 mm per hour within the 300 km diameter of the tropical depression is expected.

Fishing boats and small sea crafts are also advised not to venture into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and eastern seaboards of Northern and Central Luzon due to the northeast monsoon.

The public and local disaster risk reduction and management councils are also advised to take appropriate actions.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on March 23, 2014.

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