Tropical Depression Onyok speeds up
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Onyok has accelerated as it moves closer to the Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area, according to state weather bureau PAGASA.
As of 10 am Friday, December 18, the center of Onyok was located at 265 km east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, or at 270 km east northeast of Mati City, Davao Oriental.
It is still moving west but has sped up to 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), with maximum winds of 55 km/h near the center.
Heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the 150-km diameter of the tropical depression.
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 (30-60 km/h expected in 36 hours) is up over the following areas:
- Surigao del Sur, including Siargao Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Dinagat Province
- Misamis Oriental
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Davao Oriental
- Davao del Norte
- Compostela Valley
- Lanao del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Misamis Occidental
- Davao del Sur
- Northern part of Davao Occidental
- Sultan Kudarat
- North Cotabato
- Northern part of South Cotabato
- Zamboanga del Norte
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under Storm Signal no. 1 are warned against possible flashfloods and landslides.
"Sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Visayas due to big waves generated by the surge of the northeast monsoon," PAGASA said in its 11 am update.
The weather bureau said Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Isabela, Aurora and Quezon will experience moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
The next bulletin on Onyok will be issued at 5 pm Friday. – Rappler.com