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PAGASA: Eastern Visayas in serious danger as 'Urduja' remains almost stationary

"Urduja" is expected to make landfall over Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area between Saturday morning and afternoon. PAGASA

MANILA, Philippines — State weather bureau PAGASA on Friday afternoon warned that "quasi-stationary" Urduja (Kai-tak) continues to pose "serious danger" to the Eastern Visayas area.

The tropical storm was located 240 kilometers east of Borongan City in Eastern Samar, heading northwest at five kilometers per hour.

"Urduja" has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour.

It is expected to make landfall over Northern Samar-Eastern Samar area between Saturday morning and afternoon.

Signal number 2 is hoisted over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.

Meanwhile, signal number 1 is still raised in the following areas:

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  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Romblon
  • Masbate (including Burias and Ticao Islands)
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Northern Cebu
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • Northern Iloilo
  • Dinagat Island

Tacloban City has been placed under a state of calamity due to floods and landslides caused by Urduja.

PAGASA warned that areas within the 500 kilometer diameter of the tropical storm will experience moderate to heavy rainfall.

"Scattered to widespread rains will continue over Eastern Visayas and Caraga and is expected to prevail over Bicol Region and the rest of Visayas within 24 hours," the state weather bureau added.

Sea travel likewise remains risky over the eastern seaboards of Bicol region and Visayas. 

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