As of 4 a.m., new tropical depression “Onyok” was estimated at 700 km east northeast of Mati City, Davao Oriental (8.2°N, 132.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west at 15 kph.
With its present speed and movement, TD Onyok is expected to make a landfall in Caraga Region by Friday afternoon and affect the eastern section of Mindanao but with a slim chance to intensify into tropical storm category.
Meanwhile, severe tropical storm “Nona” has further weakened into tropical depression and is expected to be downgraded as low pressure area within the next 24 hours, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Thursday.
Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and isolated thunderstorms will be experienced over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera and the rest of Central Luzon and of Ilocos region which may trigger flash floods and landslides while light to moderate rain is expected over Metro Manila, the rest of Luzon, Caraga, and Davao region.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over the rest of the country.
PAGASA said moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast to north with slight to moderate seas.
The weather bureau also issued a gale warning due to the strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon and TD Nona as the sea condition would be rough to very rough in the seaboards of northern, eastern and western seaboards of Luzon.