Urduja continues beating Eastern Visayas

Tacloban City – Tropical Storm Urduja has increased its strength as it moves closer to land over the Eastern and Northern Samar provinces, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its latest weather bulletin released at around 7 a.m, December 16, 2017.
Flooded church building in Salcedo, Eastern Samar. Waters in the area had been rising up since December 14, the day TS Urduja was felt in the eastern part of Samar. (Photo credit: Flor Basijan)
Its strength has stepped up with its maximum wind placed at 80 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 95 kph. As of 4 a.m., the eye of the storm is located at 180 km East Northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar. 

The state weather bureau said that its movement is now faster at 10 kph compared to the last 12 hours will it was almost stalled at 5 kph. Urduja is expected to make a landfall in Northern Samar – Eastern Samar today. 

Signal number 2 remains raised over:

• Eastern Samar 
• Northern Samar 
• Samar 
• Biliran 

Signal number 1, meanwhile, is still up in: 

• Catanduanes 
• Camarines Sur 
• Albay 
• Sorsogon 
• Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands 
• Romblon 
• Leyte 
• Southern Leyte 
• northern Cebu including Bantayan Island 
• northern Bohol 
• Capiz 
• Aklan 
• northern Iloilo 
• Dinagat Islands 

Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 500 km diameter of the Tropical Storm. 

Possible raising of Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TWCS) #1 over Mindoro Provinces and Cuyo Islands within 6 hours. 

Scattered to widespread rains will continue over Bicol Region and Visayas and is expected to prevail over Southern Quezon, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque and Romblon. 

Residents of these areas must undertake appropriate measures against flooding and landslides and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices. Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal.
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