MANILA - Tropical Depression Amang on Monday moved closer to Eastern Samar, threatening to dump moderate to heavy rains in 6 provinces, the state weather bureau said.
The country's first storm this year was 80 kilometers north northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar at 1 p.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and 60 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
Amang's moderate to heavy rains bring "a high risk" of floods and landslides in Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar, the weather agency said.
The same rain intensity will be experienced in the Eastern Visayas, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate on Tuesday, PAGASA said.
Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 was raised in Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran and Leyte. These areas may experience 30 to 60 kph winds in the next 36 hours.
Amang made landfall in Siargao Island on Sunday night, but the disaster agency has yet to receive any report of significant damage or casualty as of early Monday, said its spokesperson Edgar Posadas.
There was also no report of resistance against orders to evacuate, he said. Residents may have learned the cost of rejecting preemptive evacuations after Christmas storm Usman, he added.
The disaster agency is validating up to 156 deaths due to floods and landslides spawned by Usman. Some fatalities refused to leave their homes after the storm was downgraded into a low pressure area, the agency earlier said.
Ahead of Amang's onslaught, some 7,900 individuals evacuated in Bicol, 2,800 in Caraga, and 300 in Eastern Visayas, said Posadas.
"Nagpapasalamat tayo na nagiging mas popular at mas katanggap-tanggap sa ating mga mamamayan iyung konsepto ng preemptive evacuation," he said.
(We are thankful that the concept of preemptive evacuation is becoming more popular and acceptable among the public.)
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