Basyang: Signal No. 1 in 5 provinces
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MANILA, Philippines – A tropical depression east of Mindanao is about to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), reported the state weather bureau PAGASA. It was given the name Basyang.
As of 4 pm Thursday, January 30, Basyang was estimated to be at 1,108 kms east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west at 30 km/h.
Basyang is seen to make landfall over the Surigao provinces late Friday evening or early Saturday morning, according to its 5 pm weather bulletin.
Public storm warning signal number 1 was raised in 5 provinces:
- Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island
- Surigao del Sur
- Dinagat Islands
- Misamis Oriental
- Southern Leyte
By Friday afternoon, Basyang is expected to be at 320 kms northeast of Hinatuan. By Saturday afternoon, it is seen to be at 232 kms west northwest of Hinatuan, or at 90 kms north of Cagayan de Oro City, Misamis Oriental.
Basyang is forecast to be at 391 kms west of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte by Sunday afternoon.
The tropical depression will bring moderate to heavy rains (5 to 15 mm per hour) within its 300-km diameter. Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas should be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to set sail into the eastern seaboards of Visayas, as well as of central and southern Luzon, due to Basyang and the prevailing northeast monsoon.
PAGASA's next weather bulletin on Basyang will be issued at 11 pm Thursday. – Rappler.com