Typhoon in Philippines – Sendong Moves to Palawan

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical storm “Sendong” slightly weakened as it continued to move towards Palawan Saturday afternoon.

PAGASA, in its latest severe weather bulletin, said that as of 4 p.m. Saturday, TS “Sendong” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 220 kilometers west of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental or at coordinates 9.2°N, 121.1°E with maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (down from 75 kph) near the center and gustiness up to 80 kph (down from 90 kph).

It is forecast to move westward at 24 kph and cross Palawan by Sunday morning.

Public storm warning signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds) is hoisted over Palawan, while signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds) is raised over Cuyo, Coron Group of Island, and Southern Negros.

Storm warning signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy) within the 300-km diameter of the tropical storm.

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