Signal No. 1 up in some parts of Visayas and Mindanao as 'Bising' intensifies

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, April 16) — Some areas in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao are now under Signal No. 1 as Typhoon Bising "rapidly" intensified over the Philippine Sea, state weather bureau PAGASA said Friday night.

As of 10 p.m., the center of the eye of the typhoon was spotted 790 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. 'Bising' currently has maximum winds of up to 150 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 185 kph.

PAGASA said the typhoon is forecast to further intensify and reach its peak intensity by Sunday.

Areas under Signal No. 1 are expected to experience winds of 30-60 kph and intermittent rains for the next 36 hours.

Places in Visayas under Signal No. 1 are as follows:

- Eastern Samar

- Eastern portion of Northern Samar (Las Navas, Catubig, Laoang, Palapag, Mapanas, Gamay, Lapinig)

- Central and southern portions of Samar (Marabut, Basey, Santa Rita, Villareal, Talalora, Daram, Pinabacdao, Zumarraga, Calbiga, San Sebastian, Hinabangan, Paranas, Motiong, Jiabong, Catbalogan City, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Pagsanghan, Gandara, Matuguinao, San Jose de Buan)

- Eastern portion of Leyte (Abuyog, Mahaplag, Javier, Macarthur, Mayorga, La Paz, Dulag, Julita, Burauen, Tolosa, Tanauan, Tabontabon, Dagami, Pastrana, Palo, Jaro, Alangalang, Santa Fe, Tacloban City, Babatngon, San Miguel, Barugo, Tunga)

- Eastern portion of Southern Leyte (Sogod, Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan, Saint Bernard, Libagon, Liloan, San Ricardo, Pintuyan, San Francisco)

In Mindanao, areas under the lowest tropical cyclone wind signal are Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte (including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands), and Surigao del Sur.

PAGASA said these areas may be placed under Signal No. 2 and if the typhoon moves westward, the highest tropical cyclone wind signal may be hoisted.

'Bising' became a typhoon Friday morning and is seen to “steadily intensify” in the next three days, PAGASA said in its 11 a.m. bulletin.

Its closest approach to landmass will be on Sunday at 295 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar, before recurving the following day, PAGASA weather specialist Raymond Ordinario said in a 5 p.m. update.

PAGASA added the typhoon will bring rough to very rough seas over the eastern seaboards of Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao in the next 24 hours. PAGASA advised those with small seacraft to exercise caution when venturing out into the stormy sea.

The Philippine Coast Guard has issued an advisory temporarily suspending shipping operations at Matnog Port in Sorsogon heading to Visayas and Mindanao from April 16 to 20 due to Bising. All trucking and logistics companies and buses were also advised to postpone trips to avoid long queues at the port and to prevent becoming spreaders of the coronavirus.

Currently, there are no stranded passengers or cargo trucks in the port, the PCG said.

The weather disturbance entered the country’s monitoring area at 6:20 a.m. on Friday, PAGASA said in an earlier advisory.

“At 6:20 a.m. today, Severe Tropical Storm "SURIGAE" entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility and was assigned the domestic name "BISING,” PAGASA tweeted.