Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) expert said, "active low pressure area (LPA) being monitored east of Aparri, Cagayan is now a tropical depression and named Ferdie."

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PAGASA weather bulletin posted on their official website, "At 4:00 p.m. today, the center of Tropical Depression "FERDIE" was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 130 km east of Aparri, Cagayan (18.4°N, 123.0°E) with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west northwest at 13 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. "

PAGASA said, "heavy to intense rainfall is expected from Ferdie's 400 kilometer-diameter. "

And now, they raised Storm Warning Signal No. 1 to the following areas:

Calayan group of islands
Babuyan group of islands
Batanes group of islands
Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur
Mt. Province

Meanwhile, Tropical Depression  Ferdie is expected to be 140 kilometers north northwest of Laoag City this coming Saturday afternoon.

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