LPA is now Tropical Depression 'Caloy'-A A +A
Friday, March 21, 2014
MANILA – Four provinces in Eastern Mindanao on Friday were placed under Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 as the low-pressure area (LPA), which was spotted 360 kilometers east of Davao City, has developed into a tropical depression, the state weather bureau said.
As of 5 a.m., Tropical Depression “Caloy” has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near its center, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
It is forecast to be at 180 km east of Davao City by Saturday morning.
Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted over Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur.
The weather bureau advised residents living in low lying and mountainous areas against possible flash floods and landslides. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 – 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 300 km diameter of “Caloy”.
Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reminded the public that sea travel for commercial shipping lines is prohibited when a public storm warning signal is hoisted in specific areas.
A memorandum circular already issued by PCG states that if shipping vessel is caught by public storm warning in the middle of the sea, it should take shelter immediately and not risk the lives of their passengers.
“All those [shipping operators] who will violate rules will be subjected for the suspension or revocation of their franchises,” Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief said.
Balilo advised all fishermen in areas under public storm warning to temporarily postpone their fishing ventures until the sea and weather condition improves.
He said that the easterly winds also caused the sea condition along the eastern seaboard of Mindanao to be rough.
Tropical Depression Caloy is forcast to be at 40-km north of Davao City by Sunday. (Sunnex)