MANILA, Oct. 12 (PNA) -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Depression "Ramon", after making its landfall over eastern Visayas, has maintained its strength as it moves toward Southern Mindoro and Calamian Group Area.
PAGASA weather forecaster Sonny Pajarilla told a press conference at noon on Wednesday at the PAGASA Forecasting Center in Quezon City that as of 10 a.m., "Ramon" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 30 kilometers northeast of Roxas City at coordinates: 11.8°N, 122.9°E with maximum winds of 55 km per hour near the center.
"Ramon" is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph toward Southern Mindoro and Calamian Group Area.
'Ramon's forecast positions by Thursday morning would be at 190 km. west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro; by Friday morning at 420 km. west of Dagupan City and 560 km west of Laoag City on Friday evening out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Pajarilla said there are reported flooding in Roxas City and Kalibo, Aklan and that PAGASA has issued flood advisories to Regions 7, 6, 8 and MIMAROPA.
PAGASA administrator Dr. Nathaniel T. Servando said although "Ramon" has weakened, a storm warning signal is still hoisted and it is still risky for fishermen and other seafarers to go out to the sea.
Servando said it has no more effect over Metro Manila since its course is northwestward towards the West Philippine Sea.
Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds) is still raised over Marinduque, Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Southern Quezon, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Albay, Burias Island, Ticao Island, Masbate, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Panay Island, Guimaras Island and Northern Negros Occidental. Storm warning signal over Mindanao is lowered.
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 5-25 mm per hour (heavy) within the 400 km. diameter of the tropical depression.
Meanwhile, on the dam status, Hydro-Meteorology Division hydrologist Danilo Flores said the trend of the dams is generally receding and that flooding is not expected because there is no tropical cyclone affecting the dam areas.