- The first tropical depression of 2016 develops east of Luzon and is named 'Ambo'
- Public Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in some areas in Region V
- PAG-ASA has advised people in Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and Bicol who live in low lying areas to be cautious of flash floods and moderate to heavy rainfall
PAG-ASA, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration announced today that Public Storm Signal No. 1 has been raised in some areas of the country. Tropical depression 'Ambo' forms in the Philippine Area of Responsibility initially at Eastern Samar, becoming this year's first tropical depression as the El Nino season ends and La Nina sets in.
"The low pressure area east of Borongan city has developed into a tropical depression and was named 'Ambo'" said PAG-ASA in its advisory.
The weather bureau reported that the current center of the depression is around 182 miles east off the coast of Virac, Catanduanes at around 10 AM today. Currently, Ambo has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near its center.
PAG-ASA has issued Public Storm Signal No. 1 to nearby areas of Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Northern Quezon including Polillo islands, Aurora, and Quirino.
At around 11:30 AM, the weather bulletin reported that there will be an estimated rainfall of 2.5 to 10 millimeters per hour within the 200-km radius of the depression. Residents of Central Luzon, CALABARZON, and Bicol region will experience moderate to heavy rain shower beginning Sunday, today. The depression is expected to weaken as it makes landfall.
"Ambo is expected to weaken after making landfall over Aurora province tomorrow," said the advisory. Residents of low-lying and mountainous areas are cautioned for possible flash floods and landslides.
The weather bulletin said: "The public and the Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council concerned are advised to take the appropriate actions."
Ambo is currently moving in the direction West-Northwest at 19 kilometers per hour.