Tropical Depression “Vicky” is already moving close to Cagayancillo Islands in Palawan as of Saturday morning, but light to heavy rains will continue to prevail in some areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao.


In its 8 a.m. weather bulletin on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geopysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Vicky will move generally west-northwest over Sulu Sea and make landfall in the northern or central portion of Palawan in the afternoon or evening.

At around 7 a.m. Saturday, its location was estimated at 240 kilometers (km) west of Dipolog City, Zamboanga del Norte or 285 km east-southeast of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Vicky has maintained its maximum sustained winds at 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 1 remains hoisted over several areas in Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, as Vicky continues to traverse the Philippine archipelago.

In Luzon, signal No. 1 is up over the northern and central portions of Palawan (Araceli, Dumaran, Taytay, El Nido, San Vicente, Roxas, Puerto Princesa City, Aborlan, Narra, Quezon, Sofronio Espanola), including Calamian, Cuyo, Cagayancillo, and Kalayaan Islands.

In the Visayas, areas under signal No. 1 is likewise up over Negros Oriental, central and southern portions of Negros Occidental (Bacolod City, La Castellana, Murcia, La Carlota City, Bago City, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Pontevedra, San Enrique, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, Isabela, Binalbagan, Himamaylan City, Kabankalan City, Ilog, Candoni, Sipalay City, Hinoba-An, Cauayan), Guimaras, southern portion of Iloilo (Dumangas, Zarraga, New Lucena, Cabatuan, Maasin, Leganes, Santa Barbara, Pavia, Iloilo City, Oton, San Miguel, Alimodian, Leon, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin), and southern portion of Antique (Anini-Y, Tobias Fornier, Hamtic, Sibalom, San Jose, San Remigio, Patnongon, Belison, Valderrama).

In Mindanao, signal No. 1 remains up over the central portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Siayan, Manukan, Jose Dalman, Sindangan, Bacungan, Godod, Liloy, Salug, Tampilisan, Kalawit, Labason, Gutalac, Baliguian, Siocon, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas) and western portion of Zamboanga Sibugay (Tungawan, Roseller Lim, Titay, Ipil, Naga, Kabasalan).

PAGASA said Vicky may stay as a tropical depression while crossing the Philippine archipelago, but may intensify into a tropical storm once it reaches the West Philippine Sea.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may affect Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Aurora, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, northern and central portions of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, and the entire Visayas on Saturday.

Likewise, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over mainland Cagayan Valley, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Nueva Ecija, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, the rest of Palawan, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Kalinga, Ifugao, and Mountain Province.

By Sunday, heavy to intense rains may persist over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Quezon, Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, and Nueva Vizcaya.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may also affect Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Oriental Mindoro, Kalayaan Islands, and the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may prevail over Metro Manila, Eastern Visayas, Bulacan, Dinagat Islands, Abra, Ifugao, Benguet, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of Palawan.

PAGASA advised the public to stay vigilant against possible flooding or flash flood and rain-induced landslides especially during heavy or prolonged periods of rainfall particularly in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards, as well as in areas that have already received significant rainfall over the past couple of days or weeks.

Likewise, adjacent or nearby areas that may not have been directly affected by the rainfall were urged to remain alert due to the possibility of flooding from surface runoff or swelling of river channels.

In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said the combined effects of the surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” and TD Vicky will bring rough to very rough seas over the entire seaboards of Northern Luzon, coasts of Aurora, eastern seaboard of Quezon including Polillo Islands, coastlines of Camarines Norte, northern seaboard of Camarines Sur, northern and eastern coasts of Catanduanes, eastern seaboard of Albay including Rapu-Rapu Islands, eastern coastline of Sorsogon, northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Samar, eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar including Homonhon Island, eastern coast of Dinagat Islands, eastern seaboard of Surigao del Norte, entire seaboard of Surigao del Sur, and eastern coast of Davao Oriental.

Sea travel is risky over these waters especially for small sea vessels, PAGASA said.

Moderate to rough seas may also affect the coastal waters of areas under Signal No. 1, including the seaboards of Agusan del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, and Misamis Occidental, and the remaining seaboards of Luzon, Visayas, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Zamboanga del Norte.

As such, PAGASA said sea travel also remains risky over these waters especially for small sea boats.

Vicky is likely to exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Sunday afternoon or evening.

Source: Manila Bulletin (