On 12 December 2017, the monitored Low Pressure Area east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named “Urduja”. It has intensified into a Tropical Storm as it continued to threaten Samar provinces on 14 December 2017.
Severe Weather Bulletin
Issued at 5PM today, TS "URDUJA" remains quasi-stationary and continue putting Eastern Visayas area in serious danger.
Expected to make landfall over Northern Samar - Eastern Samar area between tomorrow morning and afternoon.
Estimated rainfall amount is from moderate to heavy within the 500 km diameter of the Tropical Storm.
Scattered to widespread rains will continue over Eastern Visayas and Caraga and is expected to prevail over Bicol Region and the rest of Visayas within 24 hours. Residents of these areas must undertake appropriate measures against flooding and landslides and coordinate with their respective local government and disaster risk reduction and management offices.
Sea travel remains risky over the eastern seaboards of Bicol Region and of Visayas due to the approaching Tropical Storm.