Typhoon Basyang (Malakas) will only stay within the Philippines area of responsibility for a few hours. Meanwhile, Tropical Depression Agaton (Megi) remains in the Samar-Leyte region.
MANILA, Philippines – The tropical cyclone with the international name Malakas intensified from a severe tropical storm to a typhoon at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 12, two hours before entering the Philippines area of responsibility (PAR ) at 10 o’clock.
With its entry, Malakas was given the local name Basyang, as the country’s second tropical cyclone for 2022. Typhoon Basyang joins Tropical Depression Agaton (Megi) inside the PAR.
In a bulletin released shortly before noon on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Basyang was located 1,435 kilometers east of southern Luzon, moving northwest at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).
So far, Basyang has maximum sustained winds of 120 km/h and gusts of up to 150 km/h. PAGASA expects the typhoon to reach a maximum intensity of 150 km/h on Wednesday morning April 13.
Basyang will only stay near the PAR boundary, so it should not directly affect the weather in the Philippines. His stay inside the PAR will also be brief and he could already leave on Tuesday evening.
PAGASA however warned that the resulting swell from Basyang could bring moderate to rough seas to the northern and eastern coasts of Luzon and the eastern coasts of Visayas and Mindanao. Conditions can be risky for small vessels.
For the next 24 hours, Agaton – then already a weak remnant – is also seen to be absorbed by Basyang.
As of late Tuesday morning, Agaton was near Balangiga in eastern Samar, moving slowly east. The tropical depression continues to have maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h, while its gusts reach 75 km/h.
PAGASA maintained its rainfall forecast for Agaton, covering the rest of the day on Tuesday. The weather bureau advised the public to stay alert for further flooding and landslides.
Moderate to heavy rain, sometimes intense
- Eastern Visayas
- northern and central parts of Cebu, including the Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- northern and central parts of Negros Occidental
- northern and central parts of Negros Oriental
Light to moderate rain, with occasional heavy rain
- rest of the Visayas
- Dinagat Islands
- North Zamboanga
The same areas remain under signal n°1 from 11 a.m. on Tuesday:
- southern part of Masbate (Dimasalang, Cawayan, Palanas, Placer, Cataingan, Esperanza, Pio V. Corpuz)
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
- South Leyte
- northeastern part of Cebu (Daanbantayan, Medellin, Bogo City, Tabogon, Borbon, Sogod) including Camotes Island
- Dinagat Islands
Areas under Signal No. 1 experience strong winds which pose a “minimal to minor threat to life and property”.
In the next 6 to 12 hours, Agaton will continue to linger in the Samar-Leyte region, according to PAGASA. Then the tropical depression could turn further east southeast towards the Philippine Sea starting Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.
However, its trajectory may still change, given the “continuing erratic nature of its movement”, PAGASA said.
Agaton is likely to weaken into a remnant trough on Tuesday or Wednesday, “due to the combined effects of Earth interaction, increased vertical wind shear, and upper flow effects from Typhoon Basyang.”
The residual depression would then be absorbed by Basyang.
Previously, Agaton had landed twice:
- Calicoan Island, Guiuan, Eastern Samar – 7:30 a.m. Sunday, April 10 (as a tropical storm)
- Basey, Samar – 4 p.m. Monday, April 11 (as a tropical depression)
Travel at sea remains dangerous on Tuesday.
Waves 2.8 to 4 meters high; risky conditions for most vessels
- coasts of areas subject to signal No. 1
Rough to rough seas
Waves from 1.2 to 3.7 meters high; risky conditions for small vessels
- remaining coasts of the Philippines, especially the north and east coasts of Luzon and the east coasts of Visayas and Mindanao