WEATHER UPDATE TODAY: Tropical Storm Agaton (Megi) weakened slightly as it approached its second landfall in the Philippines late Sunday evening, April 10, although it continued to dump heavy rain in several areas in the Visayas and Luzon.
The central pressure of Tropical Storm ‘Agaton’ is 998 hPa, with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h around the center and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
The following areas are under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) No. 2: (Gale-force winds prevailing or expected within the next 24 hours)
- the southern portion of Eastern Samar (Giporlos, Balangiga, Lawaan)
- the southern portion of Samar (Daram, Zumarraga, Villareal, Talalora, Santa Rita, Pinabacdao, Basey, Marabut)
- the northern portion of Leyte (Dulag, Julita, Dagami, Jaro, Tabontabon, Carigara, Capoocan, Barugo, Tunga, Alangalang, Pastrana, Tanauan, Palo, Tolosa, Santa Fe, Tacloban City, San Miguel, Babatngon, Leyte, Calubian)
The following areas are under TCWS No. 1: (Strong winds prevailing or expected within the next 36 hours)
- Eastern Samar;
- Northern Samar;
- Southern Leyte;
- the northeastern portion of Cebu (Daanbantayan, San Remigio, Medellin, City of Bogo, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan) including Camotes Island; and
- the eastern portion of Bohol (Getafe, Talibon, Bien Unido, Trinidad, Ubay, San Miguel, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia, Mabini);
- Surigao del Norte; and
- Dinagat Islands.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are expected over Eastern Visayas, Masbate, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, and the northern and central parts of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is expected over Dinagat Islands, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and the rest of Bicol Region and Visayas.
Meanwhile, due to the frictional effects of land on its circulation, Severe Tropical Storm ‘Malakas’ (local name Basyang) is expected to weaken into a tropical depression.
The interaction of ‘Agaton’ and ‘Malakas’ will most likely prevent considerable intensification. As ‘Agaton’ is assimilated into the circulation of ‘Malakas,’ it is predicted by Wednesday evening that it will further weaken into a remnant low.
As it interacts with another tropical cyclone, ‘Agaton’ might move east southeast or east by Tuesday afternoon or evening.
On Sunday afternoon, Malakas, which is still outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), strengthened from a tropical storm to a severe tropical storm. Its maximum sustained winds have increased from 85 km/h to 95 km/h, and its gustiness has increased from 105 km/h to 115 km/h.
At this pace, Malakas might arrive in PAR late Monday or early Tuesday, April 11. It is expected to intensify into a typhoon before reaching PAR.
Agaton’s center was projected to be at 11.1°N, 125.1°E over the coastal waters of Tanauan, Leyte, as of 7 a.m.
Agaton was slowly moving north northwestwards. “Due to the frictional effects of land on its circulation,” Agaton is expected to weaken further according to PAGASA.
Watch the 4 AM weather update today below:
– WhatALife! / Francis