Some parts of Samar under Signal No. 1 due to 'Ambo'
Gaea Katreena Cabico ( - May 13, 2020 - 7:57am

MANILA, Philippines (Update 1, 11:36 a.m.) — Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 has been raised over parts of Samar Island as Tropical Storm Ambo (international name Vongfong) further gained strength, state weather bureau PAGASA said Wednesday.

Weather forecasters placed the following areas under TCWS No. 1, which means winds between 30 and 40 kilometers per hour or intermittent rains may be experienced within 36 hours:

  • Northern Samar
  • Northern portion of Samar (Calbayog, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Matuguinao, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, San Jose De Buan, Tarangnan, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, San Sebastian, Paranas, Hinabangan)
  • Northern portion of Eastern Samar (Jipapad, Arteche, Maslog, Oras, San Policarpio, Dolores, Can-avid, Taft, Sulat, San Julian)

Strong to near-gale force winds associated with the tropical cyclone will begin affecting these areas Thursday afternoon, PAGASA said.

TCWS No. 1 may be raised over Sorsogon in the next few hours. 

At 10 a.m., “Ambo” was located 360 km east of Borongan City in Eastern Samar packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kph and gusts of up to 105 kph. 

Heading northwest slowly, the tropical storm is forecast to further intensify as it approaches the Eastern Visayas-Bicol region area. Weather specialist Aldczar Aurelio said “Ambo” is expected to make a landfall between Thursday evening and Friday morning. 

Residents of Eastern Visayas will experience scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rainshowers during thunderstorms today.

By Thursday, moderate to heavy rains will affect Eastern Visayas, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky over the eastern seaboard of Bicol region and the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas today due to “rough” seas.

“Ambo”—which may develop into a typhoon—is bearing down on the Philippines as it struggles to contain the coronavirus outbreak that has already infected 11,350 people.

Forecast positions

  • Thursday morning: 190 km east northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar
  • Friday morning: In the vicinity of Ocampo, Camarines Sur
  • Saturday morning: In the vicinity of Banaue, Ifugao
  • Sunday morning: 20 km west northwest of Basco, Batanes
  • Monday morning: 935 km northeast of Basco, Batanes (outside PAR)

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