Cyclone 'Caloy' bears down on Surigao del Norte
MANILA - Tropical Depression "Caloy" maintained its strength as it moved closer to Surigao del Norte late Friday night, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In an advisory issued 11 p.m., PAGASA said public storm warning signal number 1 is raised over the following areas:
- Southern Leyte
- Negros Provinces
- Surigao del Sur
- Surigao del Norte incuding Siargao
- Northern Agusan del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Misamis Oriental
The areas will experience rains and winds reaching 60 kilometers per hour in at least 36 hours.
"Caloy" was last spotted 160 km east of Surigao City as of 10 p.m. Friday.
The cyclone is expected to be 50 km south-southeast of Cebu City by Saturday night.
It is packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and is moving west northwest at 15 kph.
It is carrying estimated rainfall amount from 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300 km diameter.
The tropical cyclone is expected to make landfall in Surigao del Norte Saturday morning, according to PAGASA.
"Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal number 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," the weather bureau said.
"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Eastern Visayas due to the northeast monsoon," it added.
The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD), in a press statement Friday, said it has prepositioned P82.3 million in emergency relief resources for families that will be affected by "Caloy."
These include P9.28 million standby funds, 58,846 family food packs worth P15.02 million, and other food and non-food items worth P58.01 million.
The prepositioning of standby funds and stockpiling of goods are part of DSWD's preparations to augment resources of local government units (LGUs) during disasters.
"Local disaster management councils have been activated and DSWD will continue to mobilize its personnel to help affected families," the social welfare department said.