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Samuel makes second landfall, slams Iloilo

MANILA – Tropical depression Samuel has made landfall in Iloilo on Wednesday morning as it continues to bring strong rains in several parts of the country, the state bureau said.

In its 11:00 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Samuel slammed Barotac Nuevo at around 9:00 a.m. This was the storm’s second landfall as it earlier hit Borongan City, Eastern Samar.

The weather agency warned that in the next hours, heavy rains will be concentrated in Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Western Visayas, Calabarzon and Mimaropa.

The strong rains in these places, PAGASA added, may trigger landslides and flash floods, particularly in low-lying and mountainous areas.

Samuel continues to pack top sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gusts of up to 65 kph. It continues to move west southwest at 40 kph.

Cyclone Signal no. 1 in Masbate, Biliran and Leyte has been lifted but it remains hoisted in the following areas that may be whipped by up to 60 kph of winds.

Southern Oriental Mindoro
Southern Occidental Mindoro,
Calamian and Cuyo groups of islands
Northern Cebu
Northern Negros Occidental

The storm may exit the Philippine area of responsibility between Thursday evening and Friday morning, PAGASA said.