Sendong makes landfall in Palawan

Posted at 12/18/11 10:31 AM

MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical storm "Sendong" (international name: Washi) has made landfall in Palawan, according to weather bureau PAGASA.

Sendong is heading towards the West Philippine Sea at 24 kilometers per hour, with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center, and gustiness of up to 80 kilometers per hour.

Signal number 1 is raised over Cuyo and Coron Group of Islands, while signal number 2 is raised over Palawan.

Heavy rainfall is expected within the 300-kilometer diameter of the tropical storm.

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio, Sendong is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by 5 pm to 7 pm Sunday.

Residents in low-lying areas of Palawan are warned of big waves and storm surges due to the storm, and fishermen are not allowed to venture out.

Meanwhile, the weather is gradually improving in Mindanao, which was lashed by Sendong over the weekend.

Aurelio says Sendong may possibly be the last tropical cyclone to hit the Philippines this month. -- With a report from ANC.