EIGTEEN areas yesterday were placed under storm signal number 1 as tropical depression “Usman” intensified into a tropical storm and continued to move towards the Eastern Visayas.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said placed under signal number 1 were Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands; Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu, including Camotes Islands Aklan, Capiz, Northern Iloilo and Northern Negros Occidental, and Dinagat Island.
Storm signal number 1 may also be raised over Camarines Norte, southern Quezon, Marinduque, southern Oriental Mindoro, Antique, the rest of Iloilo, and Guimaras.
“Usman” is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar today.
As of 10 a.m. yesterday, “Usman” was spotted 450 kms. east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte or 440 kms. east-southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.