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'Basyang' to exit PAR Sunday morning.

The fast-moving tropical cyclone called "Basyang" (international name "Kajiki") has made landfall over Siargao Island in Surigao del Norte last Friday evening and may leave the country's vicinity Sunday (February 2).

Aldczar Aurelio, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said Basyang initially made landfall over Siargao Island in Surigao City, Surigao del Norte at around 6 p.m. last Friday.

It made landfall seven more times over Dinagat Islands, Panaon Island in Southern Leyte, Padre Burgos also in Southern Leyte, Ubay in Bohol, Naga City in Cebu, San Carlos in Negros Occidental, and Guimaras, Aurelio said.

Basyang is expected to make its eighth landfall over the northern part of Palawan Saturday afternoon, he also said.

The weather disturbance has weakened into a tropical depression after its initial landfall last Friday.

As of mid-Saturday, Basyang was estimated at 339 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City or at 152 km southeast of Coron, Palawan packing winds of 55 kph.

Public storm warning Signal No. 1 remains raised over Romblon, Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands, southern parts of Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, Negros Occidental, Guimaras, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, and Iloilo.

It is forecast to move west at a relatively fast pace at 30 kilometers per hour (kph).

It is also expected at 521 km northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Sunday morning or outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR).

Tropical depression "Basyang" is the second weather disturbance to affect the country this year. It is also the second tropical cyclone to enter the country's territory in January.

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Date:Feb 1, 2014
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