Philippines - Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (GDACS, PAGASA, JTWC, JMA, NDRRMC) (ECHO Daily Flash of 14 December 2017)

  • A new Tropical Cyclone KAI-TAK (named URDUJA in the Philippines) formed over the south west Pacific Ocean on 13 December and started moving west-northwest toward Eastern Samar province (Eastern Visayas region, Philippines). On 14 December at 0.00 UTC its centre was located 200 km south-east of Borongan city (Eastern Samar province) and it had maximum sustained wind speed of 56 km/h (Tropical Depression).

  • Over the next 24 hours it might continue moving north-west toward Eastern Visayas region, strengthening into a Tropical Storm, and it might start approaching Eastern Samar province on 15 December. Heavy rain may occur over Visayas, Bicol, Caraga and Northern Mindanao regions. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), as of 14 December, has advised residents in these areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. They also issued, as of the same date, a Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal 2, for eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran provinces.