30 areas placed under Signal 1 as tropical depression 'Zoraida' nears Davao

MT Satellite image November 12, 2013, Tuesday, 6:30 a.m. Screengrab from http://www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph/

MANILA, Philippines - More areas in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao were placed under Signal No. 1 as the centre of tropical depression "Zoraida" was spotted 192 kilometers east of Davao City, or 216 km southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, as of 5 a.m. Tuesday, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippines Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed 30 areas (from Monday's 21) under Signal 1 (which means winds of 30-60 kilometers per hour is expected in at 36 hours):

Luzon Cuyo Island Northern Palawan Calamian Group

Visayas Siquijor Southern Cebu Bohol Negros Oriental Negros Occidental Antique Iloilo Guimaras

Mindanao Dinagat Island Siargao Island Agusan del Norte Agusan del Sur Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Davao Oriental Compostela Valley Davao del Norte Samal Island Bukidnon Misamis Oriental Misamis Occidental Lanao del Norte Lanao del Sur North Cotabato Camiguin Island Zamboanga del Norte Zamboanga del Sur

The tropical depression, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and moving northwest-ward at 30 kph, is expected to make landfall over Davao region by midday of Tuesday, Pagasa said. It is forecast to exit by Thursday afternoon.

"The regions of Davao, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga peninsula, ARMM, province of North Cotabato, central and western Visayas, Northern Palawan and the islands of Camiguin, Calamian, Cuyo and Samal will have rains with gusty winds with moderate to rough seas. The rest of Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains."

Moderate to heavy rains were seen within the 300 kilometer-diameter of the tropical depression.

Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes were advised to be on alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. Sea travel is risky over the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon, Pagasa said.