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Valentine’s Day Storm: Basyang to hit Southern Palawan

Tropical Depression Basyang has maintained its strength as it traverses Sulu Sea. At 11:00 AM, the storm was located at 200 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan. Moving westward at 23 kph, it has maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 60 kph. If it maintains current speed and direction, “Basyang” is forecast to hit Southern Palawan tonight and exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy rains will still prevail in Palawan, Bicol Region, and Eastern Visayas. Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains, are also expected in the rest of Visayas due to the combined effects of the Tropical Depression and the Tail-End of a Cold Front. Residents are advised to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

With the presence of the storm, Palawan, Southern Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte will experience occasional rains with gusty winds. Flash floods and landslides are possible. With the combined affects of the storm and the Tail-end of a Cold Front, residents of Bicol Region, CALABARZON, the rest of MIMAROPA and Visayas, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte and Surigao del Sur are also alerted against cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms, making flash floods and landslides possible.

With the presence of the Northeast Monsoon, Cagayan Valley Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Aurora will have cloudy skies with scattered light rains. The rest of Luzon, including Metro Manila, will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rains. The rest of Mindanao will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers.

Gale warning is still hoisted in the seaboards of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and Visayas, and the eastern and western seaboards of Southern Luzon. In these areas, fishing boats and small seacraft are prohibited from venturing due to rough to very rough seas.