Bagyong 'Basyang' intensifies; Signal No. 2 up in Visayas, Mindanao

Manila, Philippines - In the severe weather bulletin issued as of 11a.m. today, January 31, 2014, weather bureau PAGASA announced that Bagyong 'Basyang' with International name of 'Kajiki' has intensified into a tropical storm as it continues to move towards Leyte - Caraga area. Public storm warning signal no. 2 is now up in some areas of Visayas and Mindanao.

Update: Storm warning signal now lowered as Bagyong 'Basyang' weakens | February 1, 2014

Track of Typhoon Basyang January 31, 2014

At 10:00 a.m. today, the center of Typhoon “BASYANG” was estimated based on all available data at 500 km East Northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (10.4°N, 130.4°E).

Typhoon 'Basyang' has a maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move westward at 30 kph.

Bagyong “BASYANG” is expected to be in the vicinity of Naga City, Cebu by tomorrow morning and at 133 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Sunday morning. By Monday morning, it is expected to be at 729 km West Northwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

Public Storm warning signal no. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in atleast 24 hours) in the following areas:

VISAYAS: Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar and Camotes Island

MINDANAO: Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte incl. Siargao Is., Northern Part of Surigao del Sur and Northern Part of Agusan del Norte

Public Storm warning signal no. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph is expected within the next 36 hours) in the following areas:

LUZON: Masbate and Cuyo Island
VISAYAS: Northern Samar, Biliran Is., Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental and Siquijor

MINDANAO: Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, rest of Agusan del Norte, rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Northern part of Bukidnon and Zamboanga del Norte

PAGASA expects 'Typhoon Basyang' to make landfall over Surigao Provinces late tonight or early tomorrow morning.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 -15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the 400 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon due to Tropical Storm “Basyang” and the Northeast Monsoon.

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