The weather disturbance “Crising” has weakened into a tropical depression shortly before making its landfall in the vicinity of Baganga, Davao Oriental on Thursday night, May 13, the state weather bureau said.
In its severe weather bulletin issued 11 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Crising weakened into a a tropical depression at around 8 p.m. and made its landfall at around 8:20 p.m.
PAGASA estimated that the center of Crising was within the vicinity of New Bataan, Davao de Oro at around 10 p.m.
It had a maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, while moving westward at 20 kph.
Moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Sur, and the northern portion of Zamboanga del Norte until Friday afternoon, May 14.
Tropical wind cyclone wind signal number 1 has been raised over the southeastern portion of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Valencia, Sibulan, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Dauin, Bacong) and Siquijor.
Moreover, signal number 1 has been hoisted over the following areas in Mindanao:
Southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, City of Bislig, Lingig)
Central and southern portions of Agusan del Sur (Esperanza, San Francisco, Talacogon, San Luis, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, La Paz, Loreto, Veruela, Santa Josefa)
Davao de Oro
Davao del Norte
Northern portion of Cotabato (Magpet, Arakan, Antipas, President Roxas, Matalam, City of Kidapawan, Kabacan, Carmen, Banisilan, Alamada)
Northern portion of Maguindanao (Buldon, Barira, Matanog)
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Central and western portions of Misamis Oriental (Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Jasaan, Villanueva, Tagoloan, Cagayan de Oro City, Opol, El Salvador City, Alubijid, Laguindingan, Gitagum, Libertad, Initao, Naawan, Manticao, Lugait)
Northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Sur (Midsalip, Sominot, Dumingag, Molave, Mahayag, Josefina, Tambulig, Ramon Magsaysay, Aurora, Tukuran, Labangan)
Northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Sergio Osmeña Sr., Katipunan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal, La Libertad)
PAGASA has lifted the signal number 2 earlier raised over some parts of Mindanao.
Strong breeze to near gale conditions is likely to affect areas under singal number 1, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas.
PAGASA said Crising is forecast to move westward or west northwestward and cross Mindanao Friday evening.
Due to interaction with the rugged terrain of Mindanao, the tropical depression is forecast to further weaken during its traverse of the island.
After emerging over the Sulu Sea on Friday evening, Crising would continue moving west northwestward until it reaches Palawan on Saturday afternoon, May 16.
The weather disturbance is forecast to further weaken into a remnant low on Saturday before or during its landfall over Palawan, and it would dissipate shortly afterwards.
But there is an increasing possibility that the Crising will degenerate into a remnant low at a much earlier period.