PH’s First Storm of 2020 to Hit Mindanao


The Philippines’ first storm this year will hit areas in Mindanao Monday, the state weather bureau said.

Tropical depression Ambo was spotted at 385 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 3 a.m today.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

In its latest update, PAGASA said Ambo was forecast to bring scattered light to moderate precipitation with occasional heavy rains over the regions of Caraga, Davao, SOCCSKSARGEN, and Maguindanao.

PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran said Tropical Depression Ambo is forecast to come close to the Bicol and Aurora areas later in the week, but is expected to not directly affect Metro Manila.

However, severe thunderstorms on Monday might hit the Metro and the rest of the country.

The agency also warned residents to be vigilant of potential flooding and landslides in highly-susceptible areas.

Meanwhile, extremely warm weather has been logged in several areas in the country.

The hottest temperature recorded so far this year was 58 degrees Celsius, documented in San Jose, Occidental Mindoro in April.

Experts warned that a heat index from 41 to 54 degrees Celsius can lead to heat exhaustion and heat cramps.

People are advised to stay indoors, keep hydrated and wear light clothes.

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