By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA, Jan. 30 (PNA) — At least 11 provinces in Visayas and Mindanao were placed under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression "Basyang" the second cyclone for the month, entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Thursday evening as it continues on its westward movement.
In its 11 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said that as of 10 p.m., tropical depression Basyang was located at 969 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (10.0°N 135.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west at 30 kph.
PAGASA said that public storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) – was hoisted over southern part of Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, northern part of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Camiguin Island, Dinagat Province and Misamis Oriental.
"Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," the state weather bureau warned.
The estimated rainfall amount within the the 300-km diameter of the cyclone is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, whichis classified as moderate to heavy.
PAGASA also advised fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and of the Visayas due to "Basyang" and the northeast monsoon.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Jun Galang said that based on the agencys numerical models, Basyang is projected to make landfall over the Surigao provinces late Friday evening or early Saturday morning.
If it maintains its westward track, he said the cyclone will likely traverse in-between Visayas and Mindanao towards Sulu Sea, Palawan, and then will exit the country via the West Philippine Sea on Sunday evening or Monday.
Because of the tropical depression, Galang said most parts of the Visayas, as well as northern Mindanao, Caraga, and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience stormy weather with moderate to occasionally heavy rains starting Friday night until Saturday morning.
On Sunday, he said Palawan will begin to experience the same stormy weather condition as it pass through the area.
Galang said the regions of Bicol and Mimaropa, on the other hand, will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains starting Saturday morning until Sunday because of the extended clouds of the cyclone.
He said the rest of Luzon including Metro Manila will not be affected by the cyclone and will continue to experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with possible occurrence of light rains until Sunday only because of the cold northeast monsoon.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said the cyclone is projected to be at 303 km Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Friday evening.
By Saturday evening, it is expected to be at 325 km East Northeast of Puerto Princesa City and at 505 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside the PAR on Sunday evening. (PNA)