First Posted 15:50:00 06/23/2009
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression “Feria” has intensified into a tropical storm, as it threatened to make landfall over Eastern Samar province on Tuesday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.
At 11:30 a.m., “Feria,” which packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 22 kph, was located 100 km east of Borongan town, Eastern Samar province, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Moving west northwest at 22 kph, the storm was forecast to hit Eastern Samar by Tuesday and was expected to be 100 km southeast of Tayabas town, Quezon province by Wednesday morning, and 100 km northwest of Iba town, Zambales province by Thursday morning, Pagasa said.
The weather bureau forecast rains, gusty winds, and moderate to rough seas in the Eastern Visayas and cloudy skies and scattered rain showers in the rest of the Visayas, Southern Luzon, and Mindanao.
Aside from the Samar provinces, Pagasa raised storm signal number 2 (60-100 kph winds) over the provinces of Masbate including Ticao Island, Sorsogon, Albay, Leyte and Biliran Island.
Signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds) was raised over the Camarines Provinces, Southern Quezon, Catanduanes, Burias Island, Romblon, Marinduque, Southern Leyte, Camotes Island, Cebu, Bohol, Northern Negros, Capiz, Iloilo, Aklan, Dinagat Island, Siargao, Surigao del Norte, and Camiguin.
The Department of Education (DepEd) said in a statement that classes in the pre-school, elementary and high school levels will -be suspended in areas under storm signal number 2 while classes in the pre-school level will be suspended in areas under signal number 1.