November 24, 2016
MANILA, Philippines – The low pressure area (LPA) hovering inside the country since Tuesday has intensified into a tropical depression yesterday afternoon and was named “Marce,” the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
As of 4 p.m. yesterday, “Marce” was spotted 420 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It had maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
It was moving west-northwest at 17 kph.
PAGASA weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the tropical depression is expected to make landfall in Surigao provinces today, “between 5 to 7 p.m.”
Aurelio said they expect “Marce” to slightly weaken after it hits the landmass.
Based on yesterday afternoon’s numerical models, the tropical depression is forecasted to be at 145 kilometers east southeast of Surigao City this afternoon.
By tomorrow afternoon, it is expected to be in the vicinity of Isabela, Negros Occidental and at 100 kilometers west southwest of Coron, Palawan on Saturday afternoon.
As of 5 p.m. yesterday, tropical cyclone signal warning number 1 were hoisted over Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Southern Leyte, Bohol and Siquijor.
Aurelio said these areas will experience moderate to heavy rains with gusty winds until early tomorrow.
Due to the effects of the tropical depression and its outer cloud bands, Aurelio said parts of Mindanao, Visayas, and Southern Luzon will experience cloudy and rainy weather until Saturday.
He added that even Metro Manila will have the same weather condition on Saturday because of the tropical depression’s outer cloud bands.
PAGASA said estimated rainfall amount within the 200-kilometer diameter of the tropical depression is from moderate to heavy.
If it does not change speed and direction, Aurelio said “Marce” will likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) either Sunday or Monday.
“Marce” is the first tropical cyclone to enter the country this month and the 13th for this year.
PAGASA expects one to three tropical cyclones to visit the country this November. – MIB