“Basyang” weakens as it continues to traverse Bohol Sea


(Eagle News) — “Basyang” has slightly weakened as it continues to traverse Bohol Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

As of 4 p.m., PAGASA said the  tropical depression–with its center located 25 kilometers southeast of Tagbilaran in Bohol–was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

It is forecast to move west at 27 kilometers per hour.

Signal Number one has been hoisted over Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo groups of islands, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Bohol, Cebu, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and the northern section of Zamboanga del Norte.

“Scattered to widespread moderate to heavy rains will prevail in the next 24 hours over Palawan and Visayas. Meanwhile, scattered light to moderate with at times heavy rains (are) expected over Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the provinces of Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi,” PAGASA said.

“Sea travel remains risky over the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Warning Signals (TCWS), as well as the seaboards of Northern Luzon and of Visayas, the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and of Mindanao, and the eastern and southern seaboards of Southern Luzon due to the Tropical Depression and the surge of the northeast monsoon,” PAGASA added.