MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Amang maintained its strength early Sunday afternoon, January 20, on its way toward the Surigao provinces.
In a bulletin issued 2 pm on Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Amang is now 235 kilometers east southeast of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
It continues to move west northwest at 30 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The tropical depression still has maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.
Signal No. 1 remains raised in 13 areas:
Amang is expected to make landfall in the Surigao del Norte-Siargao Island area on Sunday afternoon or evening.
PAGASA warned that on Sunday, moderate to heavy rain will persist in Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, the northern parts of the Negros provinces, the northern part of Cebu, and Bohol.
On Monday, January 21, moderate to heavy rain is expected in Eastern Visayas, Bicol, and the Dinagat Islands. Classes have been suspended in some areas for Monday. (READ: #WalangPasok: Class suspensions, Monday, January 21)
Then on Tuesday, January 22, there will also be moderate to heavy rain in Eastern Visayas and Bicol.
Residents of those regions and provinces should be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides, especially if they live in low-lying communities, near rivers, or in mountainous areas. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Sea travel is also risky in the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1, the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao. This is due to the combined effects of Amang and the surge of the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan.
After hitting land, Amang might return to being an LPA on Monday, but would still bring hazards.
PAGASA earlier emphasized that weather disturbances such as LPAs and tropical depressions can still trigger heavy rain, so officials and residents should watch out for flash floods and landslides.
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Amang is the Philippines' first tropical cyclone for 2019. The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones per year.