Severe Weather Bulletin #18

Tropical Depression"Samuel"
Tropical Cyclone: WARNING

Issued at 11:00 am, 21 November 2018
(Valid for broadcast until the next bulletin to be issued at 2:00 pm today.)

  • "SAMUEL" has made landfall over Barotac Nuevo, Iloilo at 9:00 AM today.
  • Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) #1 over Masbate (including Ticao island), Biliran and Leyte has been lifted.
  • Moderate to heavy rains which may trigger flooding and landslides are expected over MIMAROPA, CALABARZON, Western Visayas, Aurora, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur and Catanduanes. Residents of these areas, especially those living near or in river channels, low-lying and mountainous areas, are advised to take appropriate measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
  • Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the areas under TCWS #1, as well as the northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon.
  • “SAMUEL” may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between tomorrow evening and Friday morning.
Location of Eye/center

At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression "SAMUEL" was estimated based on all available data in the vicinity of Leganes, Iloilo (10.8 °N, 122.6 °E )


Moving West Southwest at 40 kph


Maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 65 kph

Forecast Position
  • 24 Hour(Tomorrow morning): 230 km West Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan(10.6°N, 116.8°E)
  • 48 Hour(Friday morning):645 km West Northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (OUTSIDE PAR)(11.1°N, 113.0°E)
Warning Signal (Areas with TCWS)
Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal no.
Affected Areas
  • Luzon
    • Romblon
    • southern Oriental Mindoro
    • southern Occidental Mindoro
    • and Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo groups of islands
  • Visayas
    • Northern Cebu
    • northern Negros Occidental
    • Guimaras
    • Iloilo
    • Capiz
    • Aklan
    • and Antique
  • Mindanao
    • -
Meteorological Condition
  • A tropical cyclone will affect the locality.
  • Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours. (When the tropical cyclone develops very close to the locality a shorter lead time of the occurrence of the winds will be specified in the warning bulletin.)
Impact of the Wind
  • Twigs and branches of small trees may be broken.
  • Some banana plants may be tilted or downed.
  • Some houses of very light materials (nipa and cogon) may be partially unroofed.
  • Unless this warning signal is upgraded during the entire existence of the tropical cyclone, only very light or no damage at all may be sustained by the exposed communities.
  • Rice crop, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
Precautionary Measures
  • When the tropical cyclone is strong or is intensifying and is moving closer, this signal may be upgraded to the next higher level.
  • The waves on coastal waters may gradually develop and become bigger and higher.
  • The people are advised to listen to the latest severe weather bulletin issued by PAGASA every six hours. In the meantime, business may be carried out as usual except when flood occur.
  • Disaster preparedness is activated to alert status.
What To Do
  • Inspect your house if necessary repair/fixing is needed.
  • Clean up drainage system.
  • Harvest crops tha can be yielded.
  • Monitor the latest Severe Weather Bulletin issued By PAGASA every six hours and hourly updates.
    The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next Severe Weather Bulletin to be issued at 2 PM today.