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'Usman' not likely to develop into tropical storm, but rains to prevail.

'Usman' not likely to develop into tropical storm, but rains to prevail !-- -- ( - December 28, 2018 - 8:12pm MANILA, Philippines Tropical Depression Usman is unlikely to develop into tropical storm but parts of Luzon and Visayaswill continue to experience heavy rains, according to PAGASA.

Northern Samar and Sorsogon were placed under a red rainfall warningthe highest alertat around 5 p.m.

State weather bureau PAGASA warned of severe flooding and the possibility of landslides. Meanwhile, ayellow rainfall warning was issued over Albay whileQuezon province was placed under orange alert at 7 p.

m. A heavy (yellow) rainfall means two gallons per square meter per hour of rain, while an intense (orange) downpour is equal to four to eight gallons per square meter per hour, and torrential (red) rainfall means a volume of eight gallons per square meter per hour.

Southern Luzon, including Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Bicol region will experiencemoderate to heavy rains on Saturday, according to PAGASA. While "Usman" continues to move westward, PAGASA said the tropical depression remainedstationary based on its 2 p.

m. severe weather bulletin.

The same movement was observed during the5 p.m.

advisory. "Usman" is expected make landfall in Eastern Samar Friday night or early Saturday morning.

Weather specialist Benison Estareja said"Usman,"the 21stcyclone to enter the country this year, isunlikely to develop into a tropical storm. From 250 kilometerseast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at around 1 p.

m. "But we expect the center Usman to move closer again later on," Estareja said in Filipino during PAGASA's 5 p.

m. Facebook live update.

As of 4p.m.

Friday, the eye of"Usman" was spotted at285 kilometerseast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It had maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hournear the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph.

The tropical depression is expected to exitthe Philippine Area of Responsibility between Sunday evening and Monday morning. Signal No.

1 warning is still in place over 27 areas. These are: Luzon Northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Groups of Islands southern Quezon Marinduque Romblon Catanduanes Camarines Norte Camarines Sur Albay Sorsogon Masbate (including Ticao and Burias Islands) southern Occidental Mindoro southern Oriental Mindoro Visayas Eastern Samar Northern Samar Samar Biliran Leyte Southern Leyte Northern Cebu (including Camotes Islands) Aklan Capiz Iloilo Guimaras Antique Northern Negros Occidental.

Mindanao Dinagat Islands According to reports by the Philippine Coast Guard, over 17,000 were stranded due to the suspension of sea travel. with Ryan Macasero

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Publication:Philippines Star (Manila, Philippines)
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Date:Dec 28, 2018
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