Urduja slightly weakens as it moves over Samar

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Story updated to include PAGASA's 11 p.m. weather briefing

Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 16) — Tropical Storm "Urduja" (international name: Kai-tak) has slightly weakened though still bringing rain as moves over the province of Samar.

The storm which has picked up speed and is traveling at 13 kilometers per hour (kph), remains over the town of San Jose de Buan in Samar late Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 11 p.m. bulletin.

Urduja’s wins have weakened to 65 kph, while its gusts slowed as well to 110 kph.

PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone signal no. 2 in the following provinces:

In Luzon:

  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Ticao Island
  • Romblon, and Cuyo Islands

In the Visayas:

  • Northern Samar
  • Northern part of Samar
  • Biliran
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Northern Antique
  • Northern Iloilo

Meanwhile, the following areas are under signal no. 1:


  • Southern Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • Southern part of Occidental Mindoro
  • Southern part of Oriental Mindoro Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Burias Island
  • Northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands

In the Visayas:

  • Rest of Iloilo
  • Rest of Antique
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Occidental
  • Northern part of Negros Oriental
  • Northern Cebu
  • Leyte
  • Eastern Samar
  • Rest of Samar

PAGASA predicts Urduja may exit Philippine territory by Wednesday.

It warned sea travel is still risky in areas under tropical cyclone warning signals.

The weather bureau is also monitoring another tropical depression 2,275 km east of Mindanao. It carries maximum winds of 40 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 50 kph.

The yet unnamed tropical depression may enter Philippine territory by Wednesday, as Urduja exits the country.

If it maintains it current trajectory, the tropical depression may make landfall over Eastern Mindanao or Eastern Visayas.

NDRRMC: At least three dead due to Urduja

National disaster authorities said on Saturday that three people, including a two-year-old boy, have been killed in the provinces of Samar and Leyte even before the storm made landfall.

Read: NDRRMC: At least three dead, including two-year-old boy due to #UrdujaPH

Meanwhile, a state of calamity was declared in Tacloban City and Northern Samar on Friday. A state of calamity was also declared in Ormoc Leyte Saturday evening.

Tacloban Vice Mayor Jerry Yaokasin said the council passed a resolution for the declaration after reports showed 80 of 138 barangays in Tacloban were flooded. Landslides were also reported in eight barangays.

A state of calamity will allow the quick release of funds needed for relief and rehabilitation, with 1,039 families staying in evacuation centers.

 In Ormoc, more than 50 km away from Tacloban, some 21 barangays have been affected by Urduja.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez said two people have been reported dead while three others were missing.

Northern Samar was also placed under a state of calamity, with 16 out of 24 towns affected by rains, said Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Officer Rei Josiae Echano said

Echano told CNN Philippines on Saturday that 10,669 people or 2,672 families have been preemptively evacuated upon orders of the provincial governor.

"The way Typhoon Urduja is traversing the place, it would take around two to three days before our evacuees can return sa mga bahay nila [to their homes]."

Stringer Dale Israel contributed to this report.