At 4:00 am today, Tropical Storm “SENDONG” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 60 km West Northwest of Puerto Princesa City (9.9°N,118.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move West at 24 kph. Wind convergence affecting the eastern section of Luzon.
Palawan will experience stormy weather. Cuyo and Coron Group of Islands will have rains with gusty winds. The rest of Luzon and Visayas will have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms becoming cloudy with widespread rains over the eastern sections which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast and East with slight to moderate seas.
After causing hundreds of deaths in the Philippines, Tropical Storm Sendong (Washi) continued to move towards the Western Philippine Sea and may be out of Philippine territory Sunday night.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sendong was estimated at 230 km west-northwest of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan as of 10 a.m.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, PAGASA said Sendong packed maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness up to 80 kph.
It said Sendong was forecast to move west at 24 kph and was expected to be at 470 km west-northwest of Puerto Princesa City and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility Sunday evening.
Only Palawan was under Storm Signal No. 1, it added.
Meanwhile, PAGASA reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.
It also reminded those living in coastal areas to be alert against big waves or storm surges generated by Sendong
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