Tropical depression, Ramon, threatens major islands and cities in Visayas as it plots its way into the South China Sea. The typhoon has a strength of 55 kph running North-Westward. This would mainly affect the schedule flights and other transportation in the region.

As of 4:00 a.m. today, Tropical Depression "RAMON" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 360 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (7.7°N, 129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 17 kph. It is expected to pass Visayas region including Mindoro in a 3-day time frame.


23W (RAMON) is expected to turn sharply WNW to NW-ward during the next 2 to 3 days...with little change on its forward speed. On the forecast track, the core of the depression will be approaching the NE Coast of Surigao Del Norte tonight...passing over or very near Surigao City Wednesday morning...and will traverse the major islands of the Visayas (Camotes Sea-Northern Cebu-Northern Coast of Negros-Extreme Northern Panay) Wednesday afternoon through Thursday morning. 23W will be crossing Mindoro Thursday night...and will be near Lubang Island early morning Friday.

Maximum Sustained Winds (1-min. avg) remain near 55 km/hr (30 knots) with higher gusts. 23W (RAMON) is a Tropical Depression on the Saffir-Simpson Tropical Cyclone Scale...and could become a Tropical Storm (TS) today.

Following storm signals has been raised in these areas:


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