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Low pressure area develops into Tropical Depression Aghon

MANILA, Philippines, May 24 ------ The low pressure area inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) developed into a tropical depression at today. It is the country’s first tropical cyclone for 2024 and was given the local name Aghon. 


The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in a bulletin issued at 5 am on Friday that Tropical Depression Aghon was already 340 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is moving west northwest at a relatively fast 30 kilometers per hour (km/h). Aghon has maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h. 


PAGASA warned of heavy rain from the tropical depression starting Friday, which may trigger floods and landslides. 

Friday, May 24 

• 50-100 millimeters (mm): Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, northern part of Surigao del Sur, eastern part of Southern Leyte, southern part of Eastern Samar. 


Saturday, May 25 

• 100-200 mm: Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon 

50-100 mm: Dinagat Islands, rest of Eastern Visayas, rest of Bicol. 


Sunday, May 26 

• 50-100 mm: Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur. 


Aghon will also bring strong winds, which is why Signal No. 1 has already been raised in the following areas: 

• Eastern Samar 

• Dinagat Islands 

• Siargao and Bucas Grande islands in Surigao del Norte 


The weather bureau said more areas in Eastern Visayas and Caraga may be placed under Signal No. 1 by 11 am on Friday. The highest possible wind signal due to Aghon is expected to be Signal No. 2. PAGASA added that Aghon will cause moderate to rough seas, with waves 1.5 to 3 meters high, in the northern and eastern seaboards of Eastern Visayas and the eastern seaboard of Caraga on Friday. It advised small boats to take precautionary measures, or if possible, to avoid sailing altogether. 




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