‘Aghon’ intensifies; storm signal 1 up in several areas

‘Aghon’ intensifies; storm signal 1 up in several areas
Image from Pagasa

TROPICAL Depression Aghon, the country’s first cyclone this year, slightly intensified Friday afternoon, May 24, 2024, as it moved westward, said the state weather bureau.

As of 11 a.m. Friday, the center of Aghon was located 135 kilometers east northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (km/h), gusts of up to 70 km/h, and central pressure of 1006 hPa.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) Number 1 over Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte (San Vicente, San Lorenzo Ruiz, Basud, Daet, Talisay, Mercedes), and Masbate including Ticao Island, Burias Island in Luzon; Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and Camotes Islands in the Visayas; and Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, City of Bayugan, Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento), and Agusan del Norte in Mindanao.

Pagasa said that Aghon will bring moderate to rough seas over the coastal waters along the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Caraga Region Friday afternoon, May 24.

The tropical depression was forecast to move generally west northwestward to northwestward from Friday until Saturday while slowly intensifying.

Based on Pagasa’s track forecast, Aghon might make a close approach or make landfall in the vicinity of Eastern Visayas Saturday morning as a tropical storm.

Afterwards, Aghon will pass north northwestward over Eastern Visayas, then emerge over the waters off the east coast of Bicol Region Saturday evening as a tropical storm, Pagasa said.

On Sunday, Aghon will begin recurving generally northeastward or north northeastward over the waters east of Luzon while starting to continuously intensify.

“Current forecast scenario shows intensification into a severe tropical storm by Sunday morning and into a typhoon by Monday,” said Pagasa.

“Considering the trend in the westward shift in the track forecast of Aghon and the forecast probability cone, a slightly earlier landfall over Eastern Visayas and a direct passage in the vicinity of Bicol Region is not ruled out at this time,” it added. (LMY)

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