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8 areas under Signal No. 1 due to Agaton

Only eight areas in the Visayas and Mindanao remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 due to Tropical Depression Agaton early Tuesday afternoon, hours after Typhoon Basyang entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

In its 2 p.m. bulletin, state weather bureau PAGASA said the following areas are under Signal No. 1 due to Agaton:

  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Northern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Camotes Island
  • Dinagat Islands

As of 1 p.m., Agaton's center was estimated in the vicinity of Llorente, Eastern Samar.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph.

PAGASA said Agaton is moving slowly eastward.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be experienced over Eastern Visayas, Bicol Region, 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 will be experienced over MIMAROPA, Dinagat Islands, Zamboanga del Norte, Quezon, and the rest of Visayas.

The seas will be rough (2.8 to 4.0 m) in the next 24 hours over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1 due to Agaton, PAGASA said, as it warned that sea travel may be risky for most seacraft.

As for areas that are not under any TCWS, coastal water conditions will be moderate to rough (1.2 to 3.7 m), which may be risky for small seacraft, PAGASA said.

Agaton is expected to continue moving slowly eastward within the next 6 to 12 hours before turning more east southeastward towards the Philippine Sea beginning Tuesday night or Wednesday morning, according to PAGASA.

It is also expected to deteriorate into a remnant low within the next 24 hours due to the combined effects of land interaction, increasing vertical wind shear, and the effects of the upper-level outflow of Typhoon Basyang.

"The remnant of Agaton will then continue tracking generally eastward over the Philippine Sea as it becomes assimilated within the circulation of Basyang," the weather bulletin said.

Typhoon Malakas entered PAR at 10 a.m. and is now named Basyang.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin on Basyang, PAGASA said the typhoon is unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country within the forecast period.

Basyang is also unlikely to directly affect the sea conditions over the coastal waters of the country, PAGASA added. —VBL, GMA News