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4 areas in Mindanao under Signal No. 1 as ‘Auring’ intensifies into severe tropical storm

‘Auring’ intensifies into a Severe Tropical Storm on Friday morning, February 19. (Photo courtesy: Photo courtesy: facebook.com/PAGASA.DOST.GOV.PH)

Four areas in Mindanao remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 as Tropical Storm Auring intensified into a severe tropical storm on Friday morning, February 18, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

In its 11 AM weather bulletin, the state weather bureau said the following areas are placed under Signal No. 1:

  • Davao Oriental,
  • the eastern portion of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo),
  • the eastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Talacogon, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Santa Josefa, Trento), and
  • Surigao del Sur

PAGASA said starting Friday to Saturday afternoon, CARAGA, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte will experience light to moderate with at times heavy rain showers.

Meanwhile, from Saturday afternoon through Sunday morning, CARAGA will have heavy to intense rains, while Eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Davao de Oro will have moderate to heavy with at times intense rains.

The rest of Visayas, the rest of Northern Mindanao, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Lanao del Sur, Cotabato, and Davao City will meanwhile have light to moderate with at times heavy rains, PAGASA said.

The state weather bureau also warned for possible widespread flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall under the said conditions, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to the hazards.

As of 10:00 AM, severe tropical storm ‘Auring’ was last seen at 535 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur and is moving southwestward slowly with a maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 115 km/h.

In the meantime, the surge of the Northeast Monsoon is already bringing strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts over Northern Luzon and the eastern sections of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao, especially in coastal and mountainous areas.

PAGASA said Auring is expected to move generally westward or west-southwestward slowly over the next 24 hours before turning northwestward on Saturday morning while accelerating. It is forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of CARAGA on Sunday morning.

Based on the forecast track, the storm will likely follow a generally northwestward path as it traverses CARAGA, Visayas, and MIMAROPA on Sunday and Monday.

Auring will likely weaken while crossing the archipelago due to significant terrain interaction and dry air intrusion from the Northeast Monsoon, PAGASA said.

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