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Rains continue in Oro as ‘Amang’ steers to Visayas

By CONG B. CORRALES
Associate Editor . 

OVERCAST skies hover and intermittent rains continued to pour in the city yesteday even as tropical depression ‘Amang’ changed course shortly after it made landfall over Siargao Island, Surigao del Norte around 8 pm Sunday.

Cagayan de Oro City and neighboring towns have been experiencing intermittent rains since Saturday evening. Photo by Cong B. Corrales

As of 10 am yesterday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecast that Northern Mindanao would continue to experience intermittent rains, lightning and thunderstorm for at least six hours.

Around 7 am yesterday, Pagasa estimated the location of Amang in the vicinity of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

The City Disaster Risk Reduction Management Department, however, monitored a normal water level of both Cagayan and Iponan Rivers.

Pagasa said ‘Amang’ has maintained its strength as it moves west northwest toward Surigao provinces, ‘Amang’ was carrying maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 60 kph and moving at 30 kph.

As of 1 pm Sunday, the center of  Amang was estimated based on all available data including Hinatuan Doppler Radar at 235 km east southeast of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.

Also on Sunday, Pagasa placed five provinces in Mindanao under storm warning signal number 1. These are the provinces of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands and Camiguin.

Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains will prevail over Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley in Mindanao, and in Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern Negros Provinces, Northern Cebu, and Bohol in the Visayas.

The state weather bureau said moderate to heavy rains may be experienced over Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region tomorrow.

It warned that these areas may experience flooding and landslides. (with reports from mindanews)

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