Issued (09 UTC) 5pm PhT 011914
Lingling (Bagyong Agaton) has been downgraded to a Tropical Depression as it continues to encounter hostile conditions just east of Mindanao. The cyclone's center was last located approximately 260km east of Davao City. Maximum sustained winds are down to 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. TD Lingling is moving southwestward at 10kph.
As of 11am this morning PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Compostella Valley.
IR Image from NOAA
Latest satellite image shows convective activity continues to get sheared to the northwest quadrant due to the persistently strong upper-level winds. As we've mentioned in the last update, conditions in the region are not conducive for any strong cyclone development and so we are not expecting significant intensification to occur.
Radar from Hinatuan (ClimateX PH)
Despite the weak nature of Agaton, widespread heavy rains are still impacting much of Mindanao today. Latest radar image out of Hinatuan shows light to moderate rains affecting Northern and Eastern Mindanao. Places in Surigao and Agusan Provinces, for example, have already received nearly 150mm of rain since yesterday. Numerous flooding has also been reported in Davao and Cagayan de Oro. We urge our readers located in the provinces under Signal Warnings to please coordinate with the local officials for any evacuation orders.
For the latest radar image, click HERE( ClimateX PH).
Tropical Depression Lingling (Agaton) will continue moving southwestward today and may make landfall in Davao Oriental later tonight. Upon landfall, the system is forecast to significantly weaken and completely dissipate. However, the threat of rain will continue across Mindanao for another one to two days.
We'll have another update tomorrow.