The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), has announced that tropical depression ‘Carina’ has picked up speed and is advancing in a northwest track.
In a bullet released early Saturday morning, PAGASA said that Carina was positioned 155 kilometers east of Catarman in Northern Samar.
Moving at a variation of 11-15kpm, the storm maintained strength with maximum sustained winds of 5kph.
PAGASA raised a signal No. #1 in Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar.
A ‘yellow’ rainfall warning has also been issued in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar and Samar – a ‘yellow’ warning means the storm can create possible flooding and/or landslides in various regions.
Officials in those regions are worried as rice crops are in their flowering stages and can easily be damaged by the storm.
Tropical storm ‘Carina’ is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by early Tuesday morning.