Satellite image of TD Usman as of 5:30AM, December 27, 2018 / NOAA
MANILA – In a bulletin issued 5 am on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Usman is already 435 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.
10 areas were placed under Signal No. 1 before dawn on Thursday, December 27, as Tropical Depression Usman maintained its strength while heading for land.
Continuing to move west northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h) with maximum winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 65 km/h. But it is likely to strengthen into a tropical storm before it makes landfall.
Signal No. 1 is raised in:
Masbate, including Ticao Island
northern part of Cebu including Camotes Islands
Moderate to heavy rain is expected in Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Surigao del Norte, and the Dinagat Islands starting Thursday. PAGASA warned these areas to watch out for possible flash floods and landslides. Usman could make landfall in Eastern Samar on Friday, December 28.
It may then cross the northern parts of Leyte, Cebu, and Panay Island, then the Sulu Sea, Palawan, and West Philippine Sea, before it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Monday, December 31.