MANILA – Tropical Depression Agaton will continue to bring rains over parts of the country as it is now moving slowly northward over Basey, Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Monday night.
In its 8 p.m. bulletin, the weather bureau said the center of “Agaton” was spotted in the vicinity of Basey, Samar with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph.
Moderate to heavy, with at times intense rainfall will be experienced over Sorsogon, Masbate, Romblon, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, the northern and central portions of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, and the northern and central portions of Negros Provinces.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Dinagat Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Quezon, and the rest of Bicol Region and Visayas.
"Take precautions because more rains are expected, and these may cause flooding and landslides," PAGASA weather specialist Ana Clauren said.
Clauren added that "Agaton" will continue to bring rains until Tuesday.
As "Agaton" remains almost stationary, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) o. 1 remains hoisted over the southern portion of Masbate (Dimasalang, Palanas, Cataingan, Pio V. Corpuz, Esperanza, Placer, Cagayan), Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, the northeastern portion of Cebu (Daanbantayan, San Remigio, Medellin, City of Bogo, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan) including Camotes Island, and the eastern portion of Bohol (Getafe, Talibon, Bien Unido, Trinidad, Ubay, San Miguel, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Mabini), Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Islands.
Strong breeze to near gale conditions, rough to very rough seas will continue to prevail over these areas.
Mariners of small vessels are advised to remain in port or take shelter, while those operating larger ones are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea and, if possible, avoid navigating in these conditions.
Moderate to rough seas also continue to prevail over the remaining seaboards of the country that are not under any wind signal or gale warning. These conditions are risky for those using small boats.
Meanwhile, Clauren said Severe Tropical Storm with the international name Malakas is almost at the border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and is likely to enter PAR either Monday night or Tuesday.
"Agaton" may further weaken into a remnant low by Wednesday evening as it becomes assimilated within the circulation of "Malakas", according to PAGASA.
Further weakening into a remnant low is also likely before "Agaton" emerges over the Philippine Sea. (PNA)