More than two weeks after a killer earthquake hit Central Visayas, a tropical depression is now threatening the region.
About 4 a.m. of November 4, a low pressure was spotted 240 kilometers east of Hinatuan which affects Visayas and Mindanao, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
According to the PAGASA forecast, regions at the lower map, including Central Visayas, will have cloudy skies with “moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, which may trigger flash floods and landslides.”
As of 6:45 a.m., PAGASA announced that the low pressure area developed into a tropical depression and was named “Wilma”.Screenshot from PAGASA’s website
As of 11 a.m., WILMA’s center was estimated to be at the vicinity of Tandag, Surigao Del Sur.
Packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center, Wilma is moving west at 19 kph.
It is expected to make landfall over Surigao Del Sur this afternoon and will be 40km west of Dumaguete City by tomorrow morning and in the vicinity of Puerto Princesa City by Wednesday morning.
By Thursday morning, it is expected to be at 440km west of Puerto Princesa City, which is already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Public storm warning signal no.1 which means winds of 30-60kph has been raised in southern part of Negros Occidental, southern part of Negros Oriental, Southern Cebu, Siquijor, Bohol and Southern Leyte, Dinagat Island, Surigao Del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Camiguin Island and Northern part of Zamboanga Del Norte.
These areas are warned to be on the lookout for possible flashfloods and landslides.
The estimated amount of rainfall is from 10.0 – 25.0 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 300km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
The next update will be issued this 5 p.m.