Tropical storm “Auring” has begun to move in a northwest direction towards the country’s landmass after almost being stationary over Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.
The storm’s center was last spotted 320 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 1 p.m. Sunday, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
In its 2 p.m. severe weather bulletin, PAGASA said Auring has started moving northwestward at a speed of 15 kph.
Auring is forecast to continue moving generally west-northwestward to northwestward in the next 48 hours before its landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte area between Sunday night or Monday early morning.
“There is an increasing likelihood that Auring will weaken into a tropical depression before it makes landfall due to persistent high vertical wind shear associated with the surge of the northeast monsoon [amihan]. However, the possibility that the storm will maintain its strength until landfall is not yet ruled out,” the agency said.
“After landfall, Auring is forecast to weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction and the increasing wind shear, leading to deterioration into a remnant low within 48 hours, possibly sooner,” it added.
Based on the forecast track, Auring will be 75 km west of Tacloban City, Leyte by Monday morning, and 145 km west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro by Tuesday morning.
Signal no. 2 was hoisted in the following areas:
The central and southern portions of Eastern Samar (Sulat, Taft, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong, Balangkayan, Balangiga, Lawaan, Llorente, Hernani, General Macarthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos, Salcedo, Mercedes, Guiuan)
Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
While, areas under Signal no. 1 were:
Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)
Northern Samar, the rest of Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, the northern and central portions of Negros Occidental (Kabankalan City, Himamaylan City, Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, La Castellana, Pontevedra, San Enrique, La Carlota City, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Bago City, Murcia, Bacolod City, Talisay City, Silay City, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, San Carlos City, Salvador Benedicto), the eastern portion of Iloilo (San Rafael, Barotac Viejo, Lemery, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles), and the eastern portion of Capiz (Roxas City, Panitan, Ma-Ayon, Cuartero, Dumarao, Panay, Pontevedra, President Roxas, Pilar)
Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon
Meanwhile, moderate to heavy rains may be felt in Caraga, Eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, and Camiguin on Sunday.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also occur in Zamboanga Peninsula, Bicol Region, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Quezon, and the rest of Visayas and Northern Mindanao.
By Monday, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may affect Visayas, Bicol Region, Mimaropa, Quezon, Aurora, Isabela, and Cagayan.
Residents in the said areas were warned of possible flooding, flash floods, and rain-induced landslides during heavy or prolonged rainfall.
In the next 24 hours, PAGASA said the combined effects of the surge of the amihan and the tropical storm will bring gale-force winds in areas under signal number 2.
Strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts may affect areas where under signal number 1, as well as over Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon), Mimaropa, Aurora, and the rest of Visayas and Bicol Region.
Rough to very rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of areas under cyclone warning signal, as well as areas in the eastern seaboard of Luzon that are not under cyclone warning in the next 24 hours.
The southern seaboard of Luzon, the remaining seaboards of Visayas, and the northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao that are not under any storm warning signal may experience rough seas as well.
“Sea travel is risky for all types of sea vessels over these waters,” PAGASA said.