Tropical Depression Vicky was on course to hit the Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur areas on Friday, weather bureau PAGASA said, as it warned those on the storm's path to prepare for floods and landslides.
Vicky, the 22nd storm to enter the Philippines this year, intensified from a low pressure area overnight, said PAGASA forecaster Ariel Rojas. While winds are unlikely to intensify to typhoon strength, the public should brace for rains, especially those living in coastal and hillside communities.
Vicky could make landfall in the Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur areas within 12 hours from 5 a.m., when the weather bulletin was released, Rojas said.
Packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center with 55 kph gusts, Vicky was spotted 210 km east of Davao City at 4 a.m. and was moving northwest at 15 kph, Rojas said.
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From the Davao-Agusan area, it will head to Northeast Mindanao towards the Bohol Sea. It could cross Siquijor Island, southern Cebu, Negros Oriental and Northern Palawan based on its current track, he said. It would likely exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Sunday.
Rainy in large parts of the country
While Vicky will inundate large parts of Mindanao and the Visayas, two weather systems will bring rains to the eastern portion of Luzon. The Amihan (Northeast Monsoon) or cold winds blowing from the north meets warm winds blowing off the Pacific Ocean resulting to rainy weather in Bicol and Southern Luzon, Rojas said.
Wind Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph) was raised in the folllowing areas:
Cuyo Islands and Cagayancillo Islands
The southern portion of Leyte (Baybay City, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Palompon, Merida, Isabel), Southern Leyte, the central and southern portions of Cebu (Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordoba, Balamban, Cebu City, Talisay City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Aloguinsan, Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Argao, Dalaguete, Badian, Alegria, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) including Camotes Islands, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, the central and southern portions of Iloilo (Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Janiuay, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Duenas, Badiangan, Barotac Nuevo, Zarraga, Pototan, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Cabatuan, Maasin, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin), and the southern portion of Antique (Valderrama, San Remigio, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y, Bugasong, Laua-An, Patnongon, San Jose, Belison)
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, the northern portion of Davao del Sur (Santa Cruz, Digos City, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy), Camiguin, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte,Lanao del Sur, the northern portion of Maguindanao (Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura,Parang, Barira, Matanog, Buldon), Cotabato City, North Cotabato, the northern portion of Zamboanga del Sur (Pagadian City, Midsalip, Labangan, Tukuran, Aurora, Tambulig,Josefina, Molave, Ramon Magsaysay, Sominot, Mahayag, Dumingag), and the northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Siayan, Sindangan, Bacungan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Sergio Osmena Sr., Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Pinan, Mutia, La Libertad, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal)