MANILA -- Tropical storm (TS) "Urduja" has slightly weakened and is now traversing the northern part of Samar, state weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Saturday afternoon.

"Urduja" made landfall Saturday afternoon in the vicinity of San Policarpio, Eastern Samar.

The TS was last eyed in the vicinity of San Jose de Buan, Samar. It packs maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 120 kph; heading west at 15 kph.

Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will continue over Bicol Region and Visayas, and is expected to prevail over southern Quezon, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon, PAGASA said.

Tropical cyclone warning signal (TCWS) no. 2 was raised over Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao Islands, Romblon, northern Samar, the northern part of Eastern Samar, the northern part of Samar, Biliran, Antique, Aklan, Capiz and northern Iloilo.

Southern Quezon, Marinduque, southern part of Occidental Mindoro, southern part of Oriental Mindoro Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay , Burias Island, Northern Palawan, Cuyo Island, Calamian Group of Islands, rest of Iloilo, rest of Samar, rest of Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, northern part of Negros Oriental, northern Cebu and Leyte are under TCWS no. 1.

Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of these areas, PAGASA said. (PNA)