'Caloy' makes landfall in Surigao del Sur

Posted at 03/22/2014 11:52 AM

MANILA -- Tropical depression "Caloy" has made landfall in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur on Saturday morning, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its weather bulletin issued at 11 a.m., PAGASA said Caloy was last spotted in the vicinity of Tandag City or 70 kilometers southeast of Surigao City.

It has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph).

Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over 15 areas:

  • Southern Leyte
  • Bohol
  • Siquijor
  • Cebu
  • Negros Provinces
  • Guimaras
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  • Dinagat
  • Northern Agusan del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Northern Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Camiguin

These areas will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph within the next 36 hours, PAGASA said.

Caloy is bringing an estimated rainfall amount of 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-kilometer diameter.

Caloy, which is moving west at 11 kph, is expected to be 60 kilometers east of Dumaguete City by Sunday morning and 170 kilometers east of Puerto Princesa City by Monday morning.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under storm signal number 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to the northeast monsoon (amihan), the weather bureau said.

Meanwhile, weather forecaster Manny Mendoza earlier said the summer season is expected to start once Caloy leaves the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

"Kapag lumagpas na sa kalupaan si Caloy at medyo gumanda na ang panahon, magkakaroon na po tayo ng northeast [monsoon] termination and then papasok na po yung ating easterlies. Sa akin pong palagay bago po matapos itong Marso o kung hindi man early week of April," Mendoza told radio dzMM.