Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Another tropical depression is bringing rains and gusty winds to the Philippines, but this time it is not in Luzon. NASA's Aqua satellite noticed early today, November 24, that Tropical Depression 27W (TD27W), called "Urduja" in the Philippines, is now bringing those conditions much farther south over Mindanao.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) posted storm signal number one for a large area of the Visayas. Those areas under the warning include: in Visayas: Bohol, Leyte Provinces, Camotes Island, Biliran, Eastern & Western Samar. In Mindanao the warning includes: Surigao Provinces, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Island, Siargao Island and Camiguin.

On Tuesday, November 24, Tropical depression 27W was located approximately 35 nautical miles north of Mindanao located in the southern Philippines. It was near 10.0 North latitude and 125.8 East longitude. TD27W has maximum sustained winds near 23 mph. TD27W is moving westward near 8 mph.