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Storm Sendong intensifies, 20 areas now under Signal 2 


Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) slightly intensified as it approached Davao Oriental in Mindanao before noon Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
 
At the same time, PAGASA said Sendong may make landfall over Davao Oriental as early as Friday afternoon, instead of in the Surigao area as earlier forecast.
 
In its bulletin, PAGASA said that as of 10 a.m., Sendong was estimated at 180 km east of Hinatuan City in Surigao del Sur, packing  maximum winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.   It said Sendong was moving west at 26 kph and may bring 10 to 25 mm per hour of rain within its 400-km diameter. By Saturday morning, it is expected to be 100 km southwest of Dipolog City; and 190 km west of Puerto Princesa City Sunday morning.
 
PAGASA said Sendong is forecast to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday evening.
 
At least 20 areas, most of them in Mindanao, were placed under Storm Signal No. 2. These included:
 
  • Southern Leyte
  • Bohol
  • Southern Cebu
  • Southern Negros
  • Siquijor Island
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island
  • Surigao Del Sur
  • Dinagat Province
  • Agusan Provinces
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao Oriental
  • Samal Island
  • Lanao Provinces
  • Misamis Provinces
  • Zamboanga Provinces
  • North Cotabato
  • Compostela Valley
  • Bukidnon
  • Camiguin
  • Maguindanao
 
At least 16 areas were under Storm Signal No. 1. These included:
 
  • Palawan including Cuyo Island
  • Eastern Samar
  • Western Samar
  • Northern Leyte
  • Northern Cebu
  • Northern Negros
  • Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Aklan
  • Guimaras Province
  • Davao Del Sur
  • Sultan Kudarat
  • South Cotabato
  • Sarangani Province
  • Basilan Province
 
With this development, PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.
 
It also warned those living in coastal areas to be alert against big waves or storm surges generated by Sendong.
 
On the other hand, it alerted mining operators and small scale miners against possible flash floods and landslides and advised them to take precautionary measures.
 
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts were also advised not to venture out into the sea.
 
3 dams open
 
PAGASA also said at least three dams in northern Luzon have opened their gates to let out excess water. These include:
 
  • Angat in Bulacan (3 gates);
  • Binga in Benguet (1 gate); and 
  • Magat in Isabela (1 gate).
— RSJ, GMA News
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