‘Merce’ to make a landfall in Surigao del Norte

MANILA — The tropical depression “Marce” is about to make a landfall in Surigao del Norte province, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its severe weather bulletin 9 released Thursdayafternoon (Nov. 24).

‘Merce’ was 60 km east-southeast of Surigao del Norte’s Surigao City as of 4 p.m. Thursday, noted PAGASA.

PAGASA said ‘Marce’ packed maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

“Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 300-km diameter of the tropical depression,” said PAGASA.

Several areas are already under tropical cyclone warning signal 1, PAGASA said.

Those areas are Luzon’s Romblon, Cuyo Island, Calamian Group and southern part of Mindoro provinces; the Visayas’ Biliran, southern part of Samar, southern part of eastern Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Siquijor, NegrosOriental, Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Antique and Guimaras as well as Mindanao’s Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin.

“Residents of areas under signal 1 and the rest of eastern Visayas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides,” PAGASA said.

Waves in seas bordering the areas under signal 1 could reach up to 4.0 meters, PAGASA said.

“Sea travel is risky over the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon,” PAGASA also said.

PAGASA forecast ‘Marce’ to move northwest at 19 kph.

‘Merce’ will likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) around Monday morning (Nov. 28), PAGASA said further.

According to PAGASA, ‘Merce’ will likely be 30 km east of Iloilo City by Friday afternoon (Nov. 25). 125 km northwest of Palawan province’s Coron municipality by Saturday afternoon (Nov. 26) and 355 km west of Iba in Zambales province by Sunday afternoon (Nov. 27).

PAGASA forecast ‘Merce’ to be 595 km north of Pagasa Island in Palawan by Monday afternoon, already outside PAR. Catherine Teves/PNA-northboundasia.com