Philippines Report

‘Ambo’ intensifies, moves westward over Philippine Sea


THE first cyclone named Ambo to enter the country's area of responsibility this year has slightly intensified while moving slowly westward over the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau reported Monday, May 11.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the center of Tropical Depression Ambo was located at 340 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur as of 10 a.m. Monday.

Ambo was packing maximum winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 70 km/h while moving west slowly, Pagasa added.

It said that in the next 24 hours, the trough of Ambo will bring scattered light to moderate with isolated heavy rains during thunderstorms over Mindanao.

“Residents in these areas are advised to continue monitoring for updates, especially the local rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings of Pagasa Regional Services Division (PRSD),” it said.

It also said that moderate to rough seas will be experienced on the eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas, Caraga, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental.

Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts were advised not venture out on these areas.

Pagasa said the raising of Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal in any locality of the country remains less likely in the next 24 hours.

Ambo is expected to be at 345 kilometers east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar by Tuesday morning, May 12. (LMY)

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