‘Urduja’ remains almost stationary, set to make landfall over Eastern Samar

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Tropical Storm Urduja remains almost stationary and expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar on Friday morning, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.

In its 8:00 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said the center of Tropical Storm Urduja is already at 85 kilometers East Southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Urduja slightly intensified packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

Moving west at 7 kph, Urduja is expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar on Friday morning, December 15.

Signal number 2 is now raised over:

  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran

Meanwhile, Tropical Signal Number is raised over the following areas:

  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
  • Romblon
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • Northern Iloilo

PAGASA warned that the amount of rainfall remains to be moderate to heavy within the 400-kilometer diameter of Tropical Depression Urduja.

The state weather bureau added that scattered to widespread rains is expected in the Visayas and the regions of Bicol, Caraga and Northern Mindanao within 24 hours. Residents in the said areas are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Bicol Region and Eastern Visayas due to moderate to rough seas.

PAGASA also advises the public and disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned to take appropriate actions and watch for the next severe weather bulletin to be issued at 11 p.m. on Thursday. —R4A/DOST-PAGASA