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Storm signals up in Luzon as Seniang moves toward Panay Gulf

Storm signals up in Luzon as Seniang moves toward Panay Gulf
December 30, 2014 http://www.gmanetwork.com/news/story/397014/weather/storm-signals-up-in-...

Parts of Luzon were placed under storm signals before noon Tuesday as Tropical Storm Seniang (Jangmi) moved toward Panay Gulf, state weather agency PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. update, PAGASA said Seniang was estimated at 75 km southeast of Iloilo City as of 10 a.m.

It packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, and is forecast to move west at 11 kph.

By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 210 km west of Puerto Princesa City. By Thursday morning, it is forecast to be 170 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City.

On Friday morning, it is expected to be 530 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Storm signals

Signal No. 2 (6 areas):

Visayas:

Negros Occidental
Negros Oriental
Guimaras
Southern Cebu
Southern Antique
Southern Iloilo

Signal No. 1 (10 areas):

Luzon:

Palawan
Calamian Islands
Cuyo Island

Visayas:

Aklan
Capiz
Rest of Antique
Rest of Iloilo
Rest of Cebu
Bohol
Siquijor

Seniang has estimated rainfall of 7.5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 300-km diameter.

It reminded residents in low-lying and mountainous areas of areas under storm signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Also, it said ocean waves may reach up to five meters.

"Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao," it said.

Seniang made landfall in Visayas just before sunrise Tuesday. The storm's torrential rains brought shoulder-level floods to Cebu, damaging at least one bridge. In Iloilo, dozens of passengers were left stranded at Iloilo Pier and Dumagas Port.

Seniang made its fourth landfall at around 7 a.m. in Negros Oriental, a little over two hours after the third landfall over Cebu.

GMA's I M Ready quoted state weather agency PAGASA as saying that landfall occurred at Guihulngan town in Negros Oriental.

Project NOAH data as of late Tuesday morning showed heavy rain persisting over Panay, Negros, and Samar. — Joel Locsin/TJD, GMA News