Satellite image of TD Usman, December 26, 2018, 10:30 am/ NOAA
MANILA – Tropical Depression Usman has slightly intensified on Wednesday morning, December 26.
In a bulletin released by state weather bureau, PAGASA past 11 am on Wednesday, the said Usman is 775 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, moving west northwest at a slower 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 20 km/h.
Usman now has maximum winds of 55 km/h from the previous 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h from the previous 60 km/h. It is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm before making landfall.
Curently, the tropical depression has no direct effect on any part of the country but Signal No. 1 may be raised over provinces in Eastern Visayas and the northern part of the Caraga region on Wednesday night or on Thursday morning, December 27.
Moderate to heavy rain is expected in Eastern Visayas, Bicol, Surigao del Norte, and the Dinagat Islands on Thursday.
Residents in the area are advised to be alert for possible flash floods and landslides.
Usman could make landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday, December 28 and may move across the northern parts of Leyte, Cebu, and Panay Island, then the Sulu Sea and Palawan, before leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Monday, December 31.