Tropical depression Samuel is located 395 kilometers east of Surigao city, Surigao del Norte, before dawn on Tuesday, November 20
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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Samuel on Tuesday, November 20, retained his power before dawn, as he continued toward the surface of the islands of Dinagat, Samar and Leyte.
In a newsletter issued on Friday, the Philippine Department of Atmosphere, Geophysics and Astronomy Services (PAGASA) said that Samuel had already 395 kilometers east of Surigao, Surigao del Norte. It is still moving north-west at 20 kilometers per hour (km / h).
Tropical depression still has a maximum wind speed of 55 km / h and a speed of up to 65 km / h. However, it is expected to strengthen itself in a tropical storm as it stays above water.
It's Samuel he expects to be on the night of Dinagat-Samar-Leyte on the night, already as a tropical storm.
Signal no. 1 is now being raised to:
- Masbate, including Ticao Island
- southern part of the Oriental Mindoro
- the southern part of Occidental Mindoro
- the northern part of Palawan, including the island of Cuyo and the Calamian Group of Islands
- North Samar
- East Samar
- South Leyte
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental
- Dinagat Islands
- Surigao del Norte
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Misamis Oriental
PAGASA warned that moderate to severe rains could be triggered by floods and landslides in Karaga, northern Mindanao, eastern Visayas, central Visayas, western Visayas and Bicol.
The inhabitants of these areas should be vigilant, especially if they live near rivers, low-lying communities or in mountainous regions. PAGASA stressed the need to monitor weather updates and follow the instructions of local authorities. (READ OUT: FAST FACTS: tropical cyclones, rainfall advice)
The classes were halted in parts of Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday. (READ: #WalangPassword: class waivers, Tuesday, November 20)
It is also advisable for fishermen and others with smaller seafarers not to fly in areas under signal no. 1 and v the east coast of southern Luzon.
A galleys warning was issued on Tuesday at 5 am for Catanduanes, the east coast of Albay and the east coast of Sorsogon.
The sea outside these areas is rough to very rough, with heights of waves ranging from 2.6 to 4.5 m.
If Samuel retains his speed, he would leave the Philippine area of responsibility at Thursday evening, November 22.
Samuel is Philippines's 19th tropical cyclone for 2018. The country usually receives an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year. (READ OUT: LIST: names PAGASE for tropical cyclones in 2018)
Meanwhile, northeast monsoon or hangs amihan on Tuesday will continue to trigger isolated light rains in the Ilocos region, the administrative region of Cordillera, the Cagayan valley and central Luzon. But PAGASA said that there will be "no significant impact."
Metro Manila and most of Calabarzon will only have localized storms on Tuesday. However, floods and landslides are possible if storms become severe.
On 8 June, PAGASA announced the start of the rainy season. – Rappler.com