The country’s first cyclone for 2021, Auring, has intensified into a Tropical Storm on Thursday morning, February 18, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
In a weather bulletin issued at 11 AM, the state weather bureau said Auring is not yet expected to bring heavy rains. However, it will increase the chances of heavy rainfall that will affect the areas of Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands over the weekend.
PAGASA warned residents in these areas and all disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned, especially those situated in areas identified in hazard maps to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal 1 may be raised in Caraga and Davao as early as Friday due to possible strong breeze to near-gale conditions, PAGASA said.
The weather disturbance is seen to exit the Philippine area of responsibility next Tuesday.
As of 10 AM, the center of TS Auring was last seen at 685 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, and is moving northwestward slowly with a maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.