More areas under signal #1 as Onyok heads for Mindanao
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Onyok is heading for Mindanao and poses a threat to the Caraga region.
In its bulletin issued 5 pm on Thursday, December 17, state weather bureau PAGASA said Onyok was last spotted 515 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is moving west at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The tropical depression maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 55 km/h.
Signal #1 is now raised over more areas in the southern Philippines:
- Surigao del Sur including Siargao Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Norte
- Compostela Valley
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
Estimated rainfall amount is moderate to heavy within the 100-kilometer diameter of the tropical depression.
PAGASA warned the rains could trigger floods and landslides, particularly in low-lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under signal #1.
Onyok is expected to make landfall over the Caraga region on Friday afternoon or evening, December 18.
It is then likely to weaken into a low pressure area before leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Sunday, December 20. – Rappler.com