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Tropical Depression “Agaton” maintained its strength and is now in the vicinity of Marabut, Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said in its latest bulletin.
PAGASA said the center of Tropical Depression “AGATON” was estimated based on all available data in the vicinity of Marabut, Samar (11.2°N, 125.2°E). It has a maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 75 km/h, and central pressure of 1000 hPa.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 is still in effect in the following area:
Luzon: The southern portion of Masbate (Dimasalang, Cawayan, Palanas, Placer, Cataingan, Esperanza, Pio V. Corpuz)
Visayas: Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and the northeastern portion of Cebu (Daanbantayan, Medellin, City of Bogo, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod) including Camotes Island
Mindanao: Dinagat Islands
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will be felt 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
Moreover, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will prevail over MIMAROPA, Dinagat Islands, Zamboanga del Norte, Quezon, and the rest of Visayas.
“Agaton” is forecast to continue meandering in the vicinity of Samar-Leyte area within the next 6 to 12 hours before turning more east south eastward towards the Philippine Sea beginning tonight or tomorrow morning.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said at least 86,515 families, or 136,390 persons, were affected in the regions of Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao, Soccsksargen, Caraga, and Bangsamoro.
“Malakas” enters East of Southern Luzon
Meanwhile, the center of Severe Tropical Storm “MALAKAS” was estimated based on all available data at 1,255 km East of Southern Luzon (14.6°N, 135.8°E). It carries a maximum sustained winds of 100 km/h near the center, gustiness of up to 125 km/h, and central pressure of 985 hPa.
The weather bureau said “Malakas” is "unlikely to directly affect the weather condition in the country. However, swells resulting from this tropical cyclone are forecast to generate moderate to rough seas over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao."