Tropical storm “Auring” has slightly gained speed as it approaches the eastern Visayas and Caraga area, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
The state weather agency said Auring had a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
It was last observed at 355 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte at 4 p.m. while moving northwestward at a speed of 20 kph.
PAGASA said Auring is forecast to continue moving west-northwestward to northwestward in the next 48 hours, and may initially make landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte area on Monday morning, Feb. 22.
“Auring is forecast to maintain its strength in the next 12 hours. However, the likelihood of weakening into tropical depression before it makes landfall is not yet ruled out,” the agency said in its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin.
“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.
By Monday afternoon, Auring was estimated to be 75 km South of Masbate City, Masbate, and will be at 100 km North-Northwest of Coron, Palawan by Tuesday afternoon.
Areas under signal number 2:
Central and southern portions of Eastern Samar, central and southern portions of Samar, eastern portion of Leyte, and the eastern portion of Southern Leyte
Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
Areas under signal number 1:
Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, eastern portion of Camarines Sur, and the eastern portion of Romblon
Northern Samar, rest of Eastern Samar, the rest of Samar, Biliran, the rest of Leyte, the rest of Southern Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, northern and central portions of Negros Occidental, northern and central portions of Iloilo, Capiz, Guimaras, and the eastern portion of Aklan
Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon
PAGASA has lifted the cyclone wind signal number 1 over Davao City.
The state weather bureau said moderate to heavy rains may be experienced in Caraga, Eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon until Monday morning.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also occur in Zamboanga Peninsula, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Quezon, and the rest of Bicol Region, Visayas, and Northern Mindanao.
From Monday morning through Tuesday morning, moderate to heavy rains may affect Bicol Region, Marinduque, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains over the rest of Visayas, Bicol Region, Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan), Quezon, Aurora, Isabela, and Cagayan.
Residents 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 northeast monsoon or amihan and Auring will bring gale-force winds in areas under signal number 2.
Strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts may also happen in areas 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 tropical cyclone warning signal.
Moreover, rough seas will prevail over 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.
PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky for all types of sea vessels over the said waters.