MANILA – Tropical Depression (TD) Vicky continues to move west-northwestward towards the Kalayaan Islands, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA reported that “Vicky” is forecast to move generally west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea in the next 12 hours and is likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday afternoon or evening and will turn towards the southwest as it comes under the full influence of the surge of the northeast monsoon.
It is expected to intensity into a tropical storm in the next 24 hours but is less likely to reach severe tropical storm category throughout the forecast period due to marginally favorable conditions.
Based on all available data, the location of the eye or center of TD Vicky was estimated at 195 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan or 340 kms east of Kalayaan, Palawan at 4 a.m. Sunday.
TD Vicky has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph, moving west northwestward at 25 kph.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 remains hoisted over Kalayaan Islands while the warning signal Palawan has been lifted.
“The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 11 a.m. today”, PAGASA said. (PNA)