Tropical depression “Auring” (international name “Dujuan”) has started to move north-northwest and was already headed towards Eastern Samar on Monday morning, Feb. 22.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed Auring at 205 kilometers (km) east-northeast of Maasin City, Southern Leyte or at 85 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 7:00 a.m.
Based on the forecast track and probability cone, the tropical depression may initially make landfall over Eastern Samar in the next six to 12 hours as a tropical depression or low pressure area.
In the PAGASA’s severe weather bulletin issued at 8:00 a.m., tropical depression Auring was moving north-northwest at a faster pace of 20 kilometers per hour (kph), but maintained its maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
Several areas remain under tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 due to the continuous threat of Auring.
These are Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, eastern portion of Camarines Sur Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, northern portion of Negros Occidental, eastern portion of Capiz, eastern portion of Iloilo, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte.
PAGASA warned on Monday of moderate to heavy rains over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Northern Samar, Samar, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also affect Aurora, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, and the rest of Visayas.
By Tuesday, Feb. 23, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may persist across Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Bulacan, Aurora, Isabela, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, and Batanes.
Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides remain likely during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.
Likewise, adjacent or nearby areas may experience flooding even in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.
In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the northeast monsoon and tropical depression Auring may bring strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where Signal No. 1 is in effect, as well as over Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern portions of Ilocos Norte and mainland Cagayan, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, and the rest of Visayas and Bicol region.
Rough seas may also affect the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1, including the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon, southern seaboard of Luzon, and the remaining seaboards of Visayas.
PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky especially for small boats.
It said “Auring” will be 60 km northwest of Romblon, Romblon by Tuesday morning.