Amang brings heavy rains and strong winds to Bicol, Samar

Tropical Depression Amang continues to maintain its strength as it moves towards the northern coast of Catanduanes, the state weather bureau said in its 5 p.m. bulletin on Tuesday.

according to the latest weather forecast from the issued at 5:00 PM today, April 11, 2023.

The Bicol Region and Northern Samar are expected to experience heavy rains until tonight, while the northern portion of Quezon and the eastern portion of Laguna may have intense rains until Thursday evening, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

Other areas such as Rizal, the southern portion of Aurora, and the rest of Laguna and Quezon may also experience heavy rains.

Pagasa warned that flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in highly or very highly susceptible areas identified in hazard maps and in localities that have already experienced considerable amounts of rainfall in the past few days.

Meanwhile, areas under Wind Signal No. 1, which may experience strong winds associated with the tropical depression, are advised to take precautionary measures as it may pose minimal to minor threat to life and property. The marine gale warning is also in effect over certain coastal areas such as Catanduanes, the eastern coasts of Albay and Sorsogon, and the northern and eastern coasts of Northern Samar and Eastern Samar.

In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 2.8 m) are expected over the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and Eastern Visayas that are not under any gale warning. Small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures and avoid navigating in these conditions if possible.

According to the forecast, Amang is expected to track generally westward or west northwestward towards the Bicol Region today before turning west northwestward or northwestward for the remainder of the forecast period.

The possibility of a landfall scenario over the Bicol Peninsula area is not ruled out, especially for the next 9 hours, although the current track forecast shows that the tropical depression will remain offshore over the waters east of Luzon for the next 3 days.

Pagasa expects Amang to remain as a tropical depression throughout the forecast period, with the possibility of weakening into a low pressure area by late Thursday or early Friday.

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