Storm 'Basyang' hammers Visayas, Caraga region

Posted at 01/31/14 6:58 PM

Orange rainfall alert raised in Cebu, Bohol

MANILA (4th UPDATE) - Tropical storm Basyang (international name Kajiki) made landfall over Siargao island early Friday night, even as state weather bureau PAGASA placed parts of the Visayas and Mindanao under storm warning signals and alerted the public against storm surges.

The cyclone made landfall over Siargao island at around 6 p.m. Friday and made another landfall over the Dinagat islands at 7:45 p.m., PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Lois told ABS-CBN News.

The storm slightly weakened after landfall was last spotted near Naga City in Cebu province, PAGASA said an advisory issued midnight.

It is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 2 has been hoisted over the following areas:

Northern Palawan
Calamian group of islands
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
Camotes Island
Southern Leyte
Biliran Province
Eastern Samar
Dinagat Province
Surigao del Norte
Siargao Island
Northern part of Surigao del Sur
Northern part of Agusan del Norte

These areas should expect 61 to 100 kph winds in 24 hours, PAGASA said.

Meanwhile, these are the areas under storm signal number 1:

Rest of Palawan
Occidental Mindoro
Oriental Mindoro
Ticao Island
Northern Samar
Misamis Oriental
Misamis Occidental
Rest of Agusan del Norte
Rest of Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Sur
Northern part of Bukidnon
Lanao del Norte
Zamboanga del Norte

These areas should expect 30 to 60 kph winds in at least 36 hours.

PAGASA on Friday night also raised an "Orange" rainfall alert in Cebu and Bohol amid heavy rains in the areas.

"Flooding is is threatening in low-lying areas and landslide in mountainous areas," the weather bureau said.

A "Yellow" rainfall alert was also hoisted in Leyte, Southern Leyte, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, and Negros Occidental.

PAGASA said Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, and Caraga regions will experience stormy weather tonight until Saturday.

PAGASA officer-in-charge Vicente Malano said the storm is not expected to intensify further due to the presence of the northeast monsoon (amihan).

The cyclone is forecast to be 360 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Saturday night and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday afternoon.

Storm surge alert

Meanwhile, residents living in coastal areas under storm signal number 2 are alerted against storm surges around 1 to 2 meters high

Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals 1 and 2 should also prepare for possible flash floods and landslides.

"Huwag po tayong kumpiyansa dahil sa dala nitong hangin at pag-ulan. Mag-ingat po tayo," Malano said.

An estimated rainfall amount of 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) is expected within the tropical storm's 400-kilometer diameter.

Fishing boats and other small sea craft are advised against venturing out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to the surge of northeast monsoon.

PAGASA, meanwhile, said Basyang will not have a direct effect on Metro Manila.

In the press briefing, National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Eduardo del Rosario said at least 5,178 passengers were left stranded in different ports in the National Capital Region (NCR), central and eastern Visayas, Bicol, and northern Mindanao due to Basyang.

Del Rosario said 97 sea vessels, 77 rolling cargoes, and 11 motorized bancas were also barred from sailing due to the storm.