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Tropical Depression Aghon: Spreading Its Impact

Aghon

As Tropical Depression Aghon continues to assert its presence, more areas were placed under Signal No. 1 at 11 am on Friday, May 24. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) reported that Aghon maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. Positioned 240 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, as of 10 am, the tropical depression was observed to be moving west northwest at a slowed pace of 10 km/h.

Here are some details according to the report of Rappler.

Areas Under Signal No. 1

The affected areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao include:

  • Sorsogon
  • Albay (Manito, Legazpi City, Tabaco City, Rapu-Rapu, Santo Domingo, Malilipot, Bacacay, Malinao, Tiwi)
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Sagñay, San Jose, Lagonoy, Tigaon)
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Northern Samar
  • Leyte (Babatngon, Tacloban City, Palo, Tanauan, Tolosa, Dulag, Mayorga, MacArthur, Abuyog, Javier)
  • Southern Leyte (Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan, Liloan, Saint Bernard, San Ricardo, Pintuyan, San Francisco)
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande islands
  • Surigao del Sur (Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Carmen, Lanuza, Cortes, Tandag City)

Moreover. PAGASA further stated that additional areas in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, and Caraga may be placed under Signal No. 1 by 2 pm on Friday.

Rainfall Forecast

The weather bureau updated its rainfall forecast for Aghon, warning of possible floods and landslides in affected areas:

Friday noon, May 24, to Saturday noon, May 25:

  • 100-200 millimeters (mm): Eastern Samar, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands
  • 50-100 mm: Surigao del Sur, rest of Eastern Visayas, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias islands, Catanduanes, eastern part of Camarines Sur

Saturday noon, May 25, to Sunday noon, May 26:

  • 100-200 mm: Northern Samar, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias islands, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur
  • 50-100 mm: Camarines Norte, rest of Eastern Visayas, southern part of Quezon including Polillo Islands

Sunday noon, May 26, to Monday noon, May 27:

  • 50-100 mm: Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur

Marine Precautions

Aghon is expected to cause moderate to rough seas, with waves reaching heights of 1.5 to 3 meters, in the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Caraga on Friday. PAGASA advised small boats to take precautionary measures or avoid sailing altogether.

Projected Path and Intensification

Furthermore, PAGASA anticipates Aghon to move west northwest or northwest from Friday to Saturday, May 25, while gradually intensifying. It may make a close approach to Eastern Visayas or landfall within the region on Saturday morning as a tropical storm. Subsequently, the tropical depression could traverse north northwest over Eastern Visayas, emerging over the waters off Bicol’s eastern coast on Saturday evening.

However, a westward shift in Aghon’s possible track raises the likelihood of an earlier landfall in Eastern Visayas or a direct passage in the vicinity of Bicol. By Sunday, May 26, Aghon may commence recurving northeast or north northeast over the waters east of Luzon, with projections suggesting its evolution into a severe tropical storm by Sunday morning and a typhoon by Tuesday, May 28. Additionally, Aghon might exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday.

In summary, Tropical Depression Aghon’s trajectory underscores the importance of vigilance and preparedness in the affected regions, as authorities and residents brace for potential impacts from this weather disturbance.

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