Signal No. 2 was raised over Surigao del Sur as Tropical Storm “Basyang” maintained its strength early Monday, the state weather bureau said.
As of 10 a.m., the storm packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Basyang was last tracked at 620 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It is expected to make landfall in Caraga region by Tuesday morning (tomorrow).
Signal No.1 was raised over the following provinces: Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, Camiguin, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Bukidnon.
Meanwhile, a total of 140 passengers have been stranded in ports in Surigao Del Norte and Agusan del Norte after sea travel was suspended due to the weather disturbance.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) said 20 rolling cargoes, and 6 vessels were prevented from leaving at the Surigao, Lipata, and Nasipit ports due to the rough seas brought by the typhoon. By GD Photo courtesy of Caraga Pulis Pio