Tropical Depression URDUJA

We were late for work … again. Hubby and I had a hard time commuting. There were no available public utility jeepneys at the Opon terminal. There were numerous stranded passengers waiting. We even walked from Menzi to Gaisano Mactan so we would have a bigger chance of getting a ride. Jeepneys bound to Mandaue-Highway were always full and even the taxis were all occupied.

Satellite ImageRain poured early morning today. I thought this was just an ordinary rainshower. I was not able to hear the morning news because we have not turned on our radio lately. According to the 5:00 a.m. weather forecast update from Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), at 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression URDUJA was estimated near Dinagat or at 50 kilometers East Northeast of Maasin, Leyte with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.

In the Visayas, Public Storm Warning Signal No. 1 was raised over the provinces of Eastern and Western Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Cebu, Camotes Island, Bohol, Negros, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras. Storm Signal No. 1 was also raised in Mindanao provinces namely Camiguin, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat and Siargao Island. In Luzon, the storm warning was also lifted over the provinces of Masbate and Romblon. Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes in these provinces are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Gale Warning No. 14 was issued over the seaboards of Luzon. Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels were alerted against big waves.

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