'Caloy' slows down, moves towards Surigao City

Posted at 03/22/14 10:12 AM

MANILA -- Tropical depression "Caloy" has slowed down as it continued to move towards Surigao City, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Saturday morning.

In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Caloy, which is slowly moving west, has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph).

Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over 16 areas:

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

These areas will experience winds of 30 to 60 kph in at least 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.

The tropical cyclone was last spotted 150 kilometers east of Surigao City.

According to weather forecaster Manny Mendoza, Caloy is expected to weaken and be downgraded back to a low pressure area (LPA) if it makes landfall in Surigao City.

It is expected to be 50 kilometers southwest of Surigao City on Sunday morning and 470 kilometers east of Puerto Princesa on 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 northern seaboard of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to the northeast monsoon (amihan), the weather bureau said.

Meanwhile, Mendoza 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," he said.