PAGASA says Basyang winds, rains to prevail in Visayas & Mindanao until tomorrow

Moderate to heavy rains and up to 65 kph winds are likely to prevail over Visayas and Mindanao, particualrly in Cebu, Negros and Panay, and Palawan until tomorrow Thursday, although Storm Basyang has slowed down as it was forecast to make landfall in the Visayas last night, state weather bureau PAGASA said last night.

Meanwhile, Bacolod City Mayor Evelio Leonardia announced the suspension of classes today, Feb. 14, in both public and private pre-schools only. All elementary and secondary school students, on the other hand will resume classes today.

In its 8 p.m. advisory, PAGASA said Basyang was likely to make landfall in the southern tip of Cebu and/or in the southern section of Negros Oriental last night.

The weather bureau had earlier said Basyang may make landfall in Palawan today.

Basyang packs maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph. It is forecast to move westward at a speed of 26 kph.

Tropical cyclone warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over the following areas as of last night:

-Palawan including the Calamian and Cuyo groups of islands, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Bohol, Cebu, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, and northern section of Zamboanga del Norte.

As of 7 last night, the eye of the tropical depression was seen at 45 kilometers east, northeast of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.

Basyang is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by tomorrow afternoon.*