Agaton: Moderate, heavy rains in the Visayas

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Agaton (international name: Lingling) will bring moderate to heavy rains over Visayas as it moves slowly towards the southeastern part of the country, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

Both Weather Philippines and the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the US already classified Agaton as a tropical storm by Saturday evening. 

As of 10 pm Saturday, January 18, Agaton was located 180 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing maximum winds of 55 km/h near the center. Since the 5 pm update on the tropical depression, it has been predicted to remain almost stationary.

PAGASA said rainfall within its 300-kilometer diameter will be at 5-15 millimeters per hour.

Agaton will bring moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms over the Visayas. According to Weather Philippines, moderate to heavy rains of 30-50 mm will be experienced in the following areas:

Meanwhile, heavy rains will become extreme rains of more than 100 mm along the following areas:

Landfall?

Weather Philippines also predicted that Agaton will make landfall along the Surigao Del Sur-Davao Oriental Border on Sunday morning, January 19, between 5-7 am.

Although PAGASA made no mention of a landfall in its 11 pm weather bulletin, the tropical depression appears to be headed in the direction of General Santos City based on its map. 

By Sunday evening, Agaton is expected to be 190 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. By Monday evening, January 20, it is forecast to be 170 km southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. On Tuesday evening, January 21, it is expected to be 90 km south of Davao City.

Storm signal number 1 is still hoisted over 7 areas, with winds of 30-60 km/h expected in at least 36 hours:

Agaton is expected to lose strength during landfall, Weather Philippines said, and will weaken further into a low pressure area in 24 hours as it passes across the landmass of Southern Caraga, Davao and Northern Mindanao Regions. – Rappler.com


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