‘Usman’ maintains strength, almost stationary — Pagasa
MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Depression “Usman” has moved “erratically” and is now “almost stationary,” the weather bureau said in its 2:00 p.m. Friday forecast.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Usman’s center was spotted at 250 kilometers East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 1:00 p.m.
It has maintained its strength with winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Signal (TCS) No. 1 remain hoisted on the following areas:
Northern Palawan including Calamian group of Islands
including Ticao and Burias Islands
Southern Occidental Mindoro
Southern Oriental Mindoro
Northern Cebu including Camotes Islands
Northern Negros Occidental
These areas may experience winds of 30-60 kph and/or intermittent rain within the next 36 hours.
Pagasa maintained its earlier forecast that Usman could intensify into a tropical storm prior to landfall over Eastern Samar tonight and may exit the Philippine area of responsibility between Sunday evening (Dec. 30) and Monday morning (Dec. 31).
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