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    Typhoon to hit 19 Philippine provinces

    PUBLIC storm warning signal no. 2 has been raised over 19 provinces in Central and Southern Philippines as tropical storm "Basyang" (Kajiki) has accelerated and gained more strength, the state weather bureau in Manila on Friday said.
    Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 p.m., tropical storm “Basyang” was located at 201 km east of Surigao, the capital city of Surigao del Norte (10.1°N 127.3°E) in Southern Philippines.
    According to Aurelio, the typhoon’s wind strength increased from 65 kilometers per hour (kph) Friday morning to 85 kph in the afternoon, while its gustiness rose from 80 kph to 100 kph.
    He said “Basyang” continues to move westward while its movement also accelerated from 30 kph to 33 kph.
    Aurelio stressed that if “Basyang” does not change course it is expected to make a landfall late Friday evening or early Saturday morning over Southern Leyte in Central Philippines and Surigao del Norte in Southern Philippines.
    With its speed, Basyang is expected to be out of Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday evening and will head towards Vietnam, Aurelio said.
    "Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal No. 2 and No. 1 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
    Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal No. 2 are alerted against storm surges," the weather bureau warned.
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