MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Agaton slightly accelerated over the Bohol Sea before dawn on Tuesday, January 2, after making landfall in the Dinagat Islands-Siargao Island area at 1 am.
In a bulletin issued 5 am on Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Agaton is already 95 kilometers east of Tagbilaran City, Bohol, now moving west at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 22 km/h at the time of landfall.
The tropical depression has maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h, also its strength when it hit land. (READ: EXPLAINER: How tropical cyclones form)
Signal number 1 is raised over:
- Southern Leyte
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental
- Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island
- Agusan del Norte
- Dinagat Islands
- northern Misamis Oriental
- Zamboanga del Norte
PAGASA also warned that residents of the Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, Lanao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, and Palawan should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Sea travel is suspended in areas under signal number 1. It is also risky to venture out into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and Southern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, and eastern and western seaboards of the Visayas due to the surge of the northeast monsoon.
After making landfall, Agaton is now expected to cross Bohol, southern Cebu, Negros, and Palawan. It could make its 2nd landfall in Palawan.
Based on its latest forecast track, Agaton will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Wednesday night, January 3, and Thursday morning, January 4.
Vinta also came on the heels of Tropical Storm Urduja (Kai-tak), which battered Eastern Visayas and killed 47 people. Urduja also left P2.172 billion in damage to agriculture and infrastructure. – Rappler.com