'Tonyo' moves westward, 18 areas under signal 1

At least 18 areas in Mindanao were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 Friday morning as tropical depression "Tonyo" continued to move westward Friday morning.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said "Tonyo" was 340 km east-northeast of Davao City as of 4 a.m.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, Pagasa also said "Tonyo" continues to interact with a cold front and may cause rains that may trigger flash floods and landslides in Eastern Visayas.

As of 4 a.m., "Tonyo" packed maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center and was moving west at 15 kph.

By Saturday morning it is expected to be 70 km north of Davao City.
By Sunday morning it is expected to be 130 km north-northeast of Zamboanga City. By Monday morning it is expected to be 350 km west-northwest of Zamboanga City or 170 km south-southeast of Puerto Princesa City.

Areas under Signal No. 1 include Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Davao del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin Island, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Bukidnon, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, and South Cotabato.

Pagasa warned residents in low-lying areas and mountain slopes under Signal 1 to take precautions against possible flash floods and landslides.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said Mindanao will experience rains and gusty winds, while Bicol and Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming widespread rains over Eastern Visayas which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and the eastern sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas.

Coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast and East with slight to moderate seas except during thunderstorms. (GMANews.TV)

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