Pagasa: Signal no. 1 raised in several areas due to Tropical Depression ‘Vicky’


A low-pressure area (LPA) off Davao City developed into a tropical depression at 2 AM on Friday, December 18, the weather bureau reported.

It was given the local name Vicky, as the Philippines’ 22nd tropical cyclone for 2020 and the 1st for December.

In a bulletin issued at 8 AM on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Vicky was located 185 km East of Davao City.

The tropical depression is moving west-northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

So far, Vicky has maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. PAGASA said it is expected to remain a tropical depression while crossing Mindanao.

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After crossing Mindanao, the tropical depression is likely to emerge over the Bohol Sea early Saturday morning, PAGASA said.

Vicky may pass close or over Siquijor, and make another landfall over the southern portion of Negros Island. By Sunday morning or afternoon, it is likely to emerge off the Sulu Sea, the weather bureau added.

The following areas are placed under Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1, where 30 to 60 kph winds may rip roofs off nipa and cogon huts, damage rice crops and down banana plants:


  • Cuyo Islands and Cagayancillo Islands


  • Southern portion of Leyte (Baybay City, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag, Inopacan, Hindang, Hilongos, Bato, Matalom, Palompon, Merida, Isabel)
  • Southern Leyte
  • Central and southern portions of Cebu (Borbon, Tabuelan, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias, Danao City, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordoba, Balamban, Cebu City, Talisay City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Naga City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Aloguinsan, Carcar, Barili, Sibonga, Dumanjug, Ronda, Alcantara, Moalboal, Argao, Dalaguete, Badian, Alegria, Alcoy, Boljoon, Oslob, Malabuyoc, Ginatilan, Samboan, Santander) including Camotes Islands
  • Bohol
  • Siquijor
  • Negros Oriental
  • Negros Occidental
  • Guimaras
  • Central and southern portions of Iloilo (Ajuy, Barotac Viejo, San Enrique, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Janiuay, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Duenas, Badiangan, Barotac Nuevo, Zarraga, Pototan, Dumangas, Mina, New Lucena, Santa Barbara, Leganes, Iloilo City, Pavia, Cabatuan, Maasin, Alimodian, San Miguel, Leon, Oton, Tigbauan, Tubungan, Guimbal, Igbaras, Miagao, San Joaquin)
  • Southern portion of Antique (Valderrama, San Remigio, Sibalom, Hamtic, Tobias Fornier, Anini-Y, Bugasong, Laua-An, Patnongon, San Jose, Belison)


  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao City
  • Northern portion of Davao del Sur (Santa Cruz, Digos City, Bansalan, Magsaysay, Matanao, Hagonoy)
  • Camiguin
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Northern portion of Maguindanao (Kabuntalan, Northern Kabuntalan, Sultan Kudarat, Sultan Mastura, Parang, Barira, Matanog, Buldon)
  • Cotabato City
  • North Cotabato
  • Northern portion of Zamboanga del Sur (Pagadian City, Midsalip, Labangan, Tukuran, Aurora, Tambulig, Josefina, Molave, Ramon Magsaysay, Sominot, Mahayag, Dumingag)
  • Northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Siayan, Sindangan, Bacungan, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Sergio Osmena Sr., Katipunan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Pinan, Mutia, La Libertad, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal)

PAGASA also warned that the combined effects of Vicky and the tail-end of a frontal system or shear line will cause rain on Friday and Saturday. Floods and landslides are possible.

Friday, December 18

Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain

  • Caraga
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte
  • Bukidnon
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Camiguin
  • Southern Leyte
  • Leyte
  • Bohol

Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain

  • Rest of Davao Region
  • Rest of Northern Mindanao
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Zamboanga del Norte
  • Rest of Visayas
  • Bicol
  • Southern part of Quezon

Saturday, December 19

Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain

  • Bicol
  • Quezon
  • Northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands
  • Eastern Visayas
  • Central Visayas

Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain

  • Rest of Calabarzon
  • Rest of Mimaropa
  • Mainland Cagayan Valley
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Mountain Province
  • Ifugao
  • Bulacan
  • Metro Manila
  • rest of Visayas
  • Camiguin
  • Dinagat Islands

Vicky and the surge of the northeast monsoon or hanging amihan combined will also cause rough to very rough seas in the next 24 hours. Waves will be 2.5 to 4.5 meters high in the following:

  • Entire seaboards of Northern Luzon
  • Seaboard of Aurora
  • Eastern seaboard of Quezon including Polillo Islands
  • Seaboard of Camarines Norte
  • Northern seaboard of Camarines Sur
  • Northern and eastern seaboards of Catanduanes
  • Eastern seaboard of Albay including Rapu-Rapu Islands
  • Eastern seaboard of Sorsogon
  • Northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Samar
  • Eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar including Homonhon Island

PAGASA added that seas will be moderate to rough, with waves 2 to 4 meters high, in the coastal waters of areas under Signal No. 1.

Travel is risky, especially for small sea vessels, said the state weather bureau.

Vicky could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, December 20.

(Source: Rappler)

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