Tropical Depression 33W, named Samuel by PAGASA, is strengthening on its way toward the Philippines. The storm is expected to reach tropical storm strength before it makes landfall in Siargao and Dinagat Islands on November 20, 2018.
As of 09:00 UTC on November 19, the center of Tropical Depression 33W was located approximately 1 260 km (780 miles) ESE of Manila, Philippines. The system was tracking WNW at 26 km/h (16 mph) with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h (34 mph) and gusts to 75 km/h (46 mph).
In an update issued at 03:00 UTC (11:00 PHT), PAGASA said Samuel may intensify into a tropical storm before it makes landfall November 20.
Moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flooding and landslides may occur over Caraga Region, Eastern Visayas, and the provinces of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bohol and Cebu.
Residents of these areas, especially those living near or in river channels, low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the areas under TCWS No. 1 and the eastern seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.
Featured image: Tropical Depression 33W (Samuel) at 06:10 UTC on November 19, 2018. Credit: JMA/PAGASA