Friday, January 31, 2014

Tropical Storm Kajiki (Basyang) Update #2

Issued (13 UTC) 9pm PhT 013114

Tropical Storm Kajiki (Bagyong Basyang) is now beginning to bring rains across Visayas and Mindanao as it moves closer to the islands. The storm center was last located approximately 220km east of Surigao City. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Kajiki is moving westward at 30kph.

As of 7pm this evening, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #2 for Iloilo, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras, Cebu, Bohol, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran Is., Camotes Island, Camiguin, Dinagat Province, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Is., Northern Part of Surigao del Sur, and Northern Part of Agusan del Norte.

Signal #1 is in effect for Masbate, Palawan, Calamian Gr. of Is., Northern Samar, Aklan, Capiz , Antique, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, rest of Agusan del Norte, rest of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Northern part of Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, and Zamboanga del Norte.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the clouds associated with Tropical Storm Kajiki are now starting to move into Visayas and Northern Mindanao. Several weather stations in these areas are beginning to report light to moderate, and sometimes heavy rains over the past 3 hours. Rains will get heavier through the night, along with gusty winds.

Kajiki/Basyang is forecast to make landfall just north of Surigao and then will cross Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros, Panay, and nearby islands. There will be a high chance of flooding and landslides as torrential rains are forecast to drop as much as 200mm in some places. Kajiki will, then, move into Palawan by late tomorrow evening (Saturday) and eventually move into the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) by Sunday morning.

We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!

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