By Francis Wakefield
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) today said sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, Eastern Visayas and areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) due to the approaching Tropical Storm Basyang and the surge of northeast monsoon.
NDRRMC executive director and concurrent Office of Civil Defense (OCD) administrator Undersecretary Ricardo Jalad, said Basyang is expected to make landfall in CARAGA Region by tomorrow (February 13) .
Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao. Residents of these areas, according to Jalad, must continue on monitoring updates, undertake precautionary measures against possible flooding and landslides, and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices.
Jalad said possible raising of TCWS No. 1 over Negros Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur and the rest of Zamboanga del Norte might take place in the next bulletin.
As of 10 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm “Basyang” was estimated at 620 km east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 25 kph.