MANILA

'Vicky' slows down, to make landfall later today

TROPICAL Depression Vicky slightly slowed down Friday morning, December 18, as it moved closer toward Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area where it is expected to make landfall between this afternoon and early evening.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 1 remained hoisted over several areas in Mindanao, Visayas and Luzon, as Vicky was forecast to move generally west-northwestward.

After crossing Mindanao, the tropical depression is likely to emerge over the Bohol Sea early morning Saturday, December 19, pass close Siquijor, and make another landfall over the southern portion of Negros Island, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

By Sunday morning or afternoon, Vicky is likely to emerge over the Sulu Sea, it added.

As of 10 a.m. Friday, Pagasa tracked the center of Vicky at 140 kilometers east of Davao City, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 55 km/h.

The tropical depression is moving west northwestward at 10 km/h, the weather bureau said, adding that it will remain a tropical depression while crossing the Philippine archipelago.

TCWS Number 1 was raised in the following areas:

Luzon

The northern and central portion of Palawan (Puerto Princesa City, Roxas, San Vicente, Dumaran, Araceli, Taytay, El Nido) including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands

Visayas

The southern portion of Leyte (Baybay City, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Palompon, Merida, Isabel), Southern Leyte, the central and southern portions of Cebu (Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordoba, Balamban, Cebu City, Talisay City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Aloguinsan, Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Argao, Dalaguete, Badian, Alegria, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) including Camotes Islands, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, the central and southern portions of Iloilo (Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Janiuay, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Duenas, Badiangan, Barotac Nuevo, Zarraga, Pototan, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Cabatuan, Maasin, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin), and the southern portion of Antique (Valderrama, San Remigio, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y, Bugasong, Laua-An, Patnongon, San Jose, Belison)

Mindanao

Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao de Oro, Davao City, the northern portion of Davao del Sur (Santa Cruz, Digos City, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy), Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Cotabato City, North Cotabato, Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, and the northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Baliguian, Gutalac, Kalawit, Labason, Tampilisan, Liloy, Salug, Bacungan, Godod, Sindangan, Siayan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Sergio Osmena Sr., Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Pinan, Mutia, La Libertad, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal)

These areas will have strong breeze to near gale conditions during the passage of the tropical cyclone, said Pagasa.

It also warned the public of heavy rainfall that Vicky and the tail-end of a frontal system will bring.

Pagasa said moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced over Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Southern Leyte, Leyte, and Bohol, while there will be light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Bicol Region, the southern portion of Quezon, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte, and the rest of Visayas, Davao Region, and Northern Mindanao.

On Sunday morning, December 20, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced in Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Central Visayas, Quezon, and the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will also be experienced over mainland Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Camiguin, Dinagat Islands, and the rest of Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Visayas.

Flooding and rain-induced landslides may also occur during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards and in localities that received significant antecedent rainfall over the past couple of days or weeks, Pagasa said.

Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels, it added.

The weather bureau also warned that the combined effects of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and the approaching tropical depression will bring rough to very rough seas over the entire seaboards of Northern Luzon the seaboard of Aurora, the eastern seaboard of Quezon including Polillo Islands, the seaboard of Camarines Norte, the northern seaboard of Camarines Sur, the northern and eastern seaboards of Catanduanes, the eastern seaboard of Albay including Rapu-Rapu Islands, the eastern seaboard of Sorsogon, the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Samar, and the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar including Homonhon Island.

Moderate to rough seas will also be experienced over the coastal waters of areas under TCWS 1, while sea travel is risky over these waters especially for small sea vessels, Pagasa said. (Laureen Mondoñedo-Ynot)


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