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Agaton to bring rains, gusty winds over eastern Samar, 3 areas

Eastern Samar, Dinagat Islands, Siargao Island, and Bucas Grande Island will have rains with gusty winds on Saturday brought about by Tropical Depression Agaton, PAGASA said in its weather forecast.

Flash floods or landslides may result during moderate to at times heavy rains. However, threat to lives and properties due to strong winds will be minimal to minor, PAGASA added.

At 3 a.m. Saturday, the center of Agaton was estimated at 120 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph. Agaton is moving west northwestward slowly, PAGASA reported.

The weather bureau is also monitoring a tropical cyclone outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

The tropical storm with the international name Malakas was located at 3 a.m. Saturday at 2,015 kilometers east of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It was moving west northwestward at 15 kph.

Malakas may enter PAR on Monday and will be renamed Basyang, PAGASA weather forecaster Benny Estareja said in an interview on Dobol B TV.

Meanwhile, the Bicol Region and the rest of Visayas and Mindanao will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to  Agaton and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ). Flash floods or landslides may occur during times of moderate to heavy rains.

Batanes, Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, and Ilocos Norte will have cloudy skies with rains due to the northeasterly surface windflow, with possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to localized thunderstorms. There may be flash floods or landslides during severe thunderstorms.

Coastal waters will be moderate to rough in Northern and Central Luzon, with waves reaching up to 4 meters.

The seas will also be moderate to rough in the eastern sections of southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao with waves possibly up to 3.4 meters.

Coastal waters meanwhile in the rest of the country will be moderate to rough, with wave heights up to 2.8 meters.

Sunrise will be at 5:47 a.m., sunset at 6:09 p.m. BAP/KG, GMA News