Amang slightly weakens, moves toward Bicol region
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Amang (international name: Mekkhala) slightly weakened as it made landfall over Dolores Eastern Samar.
It is now moving toward the Bicol region, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 11 pm bulletin Saturday, January 17.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 20 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 400 km diameter of the tropical storm.
While public storm signals have been lifted elsewhere, Metro Manila remains under signal number 1 – hours before Pope Francis’ Mass at the Quirino Grandstand, Sunday, Jan. 18.
As of 10 pm Saturday, Amang’s center was estimated in the vicinity of Catarman, Northern Samar, with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 100 kph.
Storm signal number 2 is up in the following areas:
- Camarines Sur
- Camarines Norte
- Southern Quezon including Polillo Island
- Burias Island including Ticao Island
- Northern Samar
- Eastern Samar
Signal number 1 is up over:
- Metro Manila
- Nueva Ecija
- Rest of Quezon
- Oriental Mindoro and Romblon
- Extreme Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island
- Camotes Island
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Ocean waves may reach up to 6.5 meters within the 400 km diameter of the storm.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas, and the eastern seaboard of Mindanao.
Amang is expected to move northwest at 15 kph and estimated at 125 kph northeast Infanta, Quezon within 24 hours.
By Monday evening, the tropical storm is estimated 115 km east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan.
Amang is forecast to be 265 km east northeast of Basco, Batanes by Tuesday evening, Jan. 20.
The next weather bulletin from PAGASA will be released 5 am Sunday. – Rappler.com