MANILA, Dec. 29 — Nine areas in Visayas and Mindanao are under storm signal #2 as Tropical Depression “Seniang” intensified into a Tropical Storm, according to state weather agency Pagasa on Monday.
Areas under Storm Signal No. 2 are Bohol and Siquijor in Visayas; Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental and Camiguin in Mindanao.
Storm warning Signal No. 1 is hoisted over Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental in Visayas; Dinagat Province, Compostela Valley, northern part of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte in Mindanao.
PAGASA weather forecasts that as of 6 a.m., the center of Tropical Storm “Seniang” was estimated based on all available data at 45 km of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (8.7°N, 126.1°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It was forecast to move West Northwest at 11 kph.
TS “Seniang” has made landfall over Bakulin, Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur around 3:45 a.m. Monday and will exit the landmass of Agusan del Norte by noon then will traverse Bohol sea.
“Seniang” maintains its movement and speed and is expected to make another landfall in Camguin around 6-8 p.m. Monday, then another landfall in Bohol around 12-2 a.m. by Tuesday. It is also expected to make another landfall in Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental and Southern Palawan.
According to “Seniang” is expected to exit Philippine area of responsibility on January 1 (Thursday) around 6-8 p.m. heading towards southern Vietnam.