Bagyong Samuel Weather Update (November 20, 2018)

Weather updates on Bagyong Samuel, a tropical depression, as posted by PAGASA on Tuesday, November 20, 2018 can be viewed here.

In its severe weather bulletin issued at 5am today, the state weather bureau said Samuel has maintained its strength as it continues to move toward the Dinagat-Samar-Leyte area.

At 4am, the center of the tropical depression was spotted at 395 kilometers East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph. It is moving Northwest at 20 kph.

The following areas have been placed under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours):

  • Masbate incl. Ticao Island
  • Romblon
  • southern Oriental Mindoro
  • southern Occidental Mindoro
  • and Northern Palawan incl. Cuyo Island and Calamian Group of Islands
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Siquijor
  • Negros Oriental
  • Negros Occidental
  • Guimaras
  • Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • and Antique
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Misamis Oriental
  • and Camiguin
According to PAGASA, the impact of the wind are as follows:
  • Twigs and branches of small trees may be broken.
  • Some banana plants may be tilted or downed.
  • Some houses of very light materials (nipa and cogon) may be partially unroofed.
  • Unless this warning signal is upgraded during the entire existence of the tropical cyclone, only very light or no damage at all may be sustained by the exposed communities.
  • Rice crop, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
Precautionary Measures:
  • When the tropical cyclone is strong or is intensifying and is moving closer, this signal may be upgraded to the next higher level.
  • The waves on coastal waters may gradually develop and become bigger and higher.
  • The people are advised to listen to the latest severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA every six hours. In the meantime, business may be carried out as usual except when flood occur.
  • Disaster preparedness is activated to alert status.
The weather agency advised the public in affected areas to inspect their house if necessary repair or fixing is needed, clean up their drainage system, harvest crops tha can be yielded, and monitor the latest Severe Weather Bulletin issued By PAGASA every six hours and hourly updates.