In a bulletin issued 11 p.m. on Monday, Feb. 12, state weather bureau PAGASA said Basyang is already 300 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, moving west northwest at 26 kilometers per hour (kph).
It has maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) suspended trips of fast crafts from Iloilo City to Bacolod City and vice versa this afternoon. It likewise disallowed pump boats plying the Iloilo-Guimaras-Iloilo route to travel.
Storm Signal No. 1 is also hoisted over Guimaras, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, and Negros Occidental.
Basyang is expected to make landfall in the region of Caraga on Tuesday morning, February 13.
The tropical storm, based on PAGASA’s forecast track, will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) early Friday, February 16. IMT