By Chito Chavez
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Tropical Depression Basyang has moved closer to Palawan province and has barreled through the area of Sulu Sea.
Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said as of 10 a.m., the eye of the cyclone was estimated at 200 kilometers southeast of Puerto Princesa City in Palawan while packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 60 kph.
The cyclone was moving west at 23 kph as it was slightly slower compared to its earlier speed of 26 kph.
Rojas said Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal Number 1 remains hoisted over the province, including the Calamian and Cuyo groups of islands.
Basyang is expected to slam into the southern part of Palawan by Wednesday night is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday (February 16) morning.
Rojas noted that Palawan, Bicol and Eastern Visayas will experience scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains.
Scattered rainshowers are expected in other parts of Visayas, due to the tail-end of a cold front.