MANILA-- Tropical depression Bising, spotted east of Mindanao, will likely move northwestwards, cruising over waters along the country's eastern seaboard and bringing some rains there before possibly recurving away from Philippine landmass.
"Latest available data indicate a low chance for 'Bising' to cross the country," said weather forecaster Robb Gile of the state weather bureau, PAGASA.
He said light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms are possible in Mindanao, the Visayas as well as Luzon's east-lying Bicol region and Quezon province as 'Bising' moves over waters bordering the eastern seaboard.
'Bising' is also enhancing the prevailing northeast monsoon or 'amihan' so the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao can experience strong to gale-force winds that can fan rough to very rough seas in those regions, he continued.
He said 'Bising' may however recurve and head northeast away from the country once it nears Southern Luzon.
In its Severe Weather Bulletin 3 released Saturday morning, PAGASA located 'Bising' at some 515 km. east of Hinatuan in Mindanao's Surigao del Sur province as of 10 a.m. Saturday.
'Bising' was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 45 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
Gile noted that 'Bising' may move northwestwards at 11 kph, slower than its earlier speed of 13 kph.
PAGASA forecast 'Bising' to be already outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday (February 9).
"We're however not discounting the possibility of 'Bising' dissipating while inside PAR," Gile noted.
'Bising' is the first tropical cyclone (TC) in the country this month.
PAGASA has forecast zero or one TC in the country for this month. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency