More areas have been placed under tropical cyclone wind signal as tropical storm “Crising” maintained its strength Thursday, May 13, and continues to approach the area of Davao Oriental and Surigao del Sur.
In its 5 p.m. severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Crising was estimated at 150 kilometers (km) southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at around 4 p.m.
The weather disturbance packed a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, while moving west northwestward at 25 kph.
The state weather bureau said moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, Soccsksargen, Bangsamoro, and Palawan between Thursday and Friday afternoon, May 14.
Signal number 2 has been raised over the the following areas:
Southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Tagbina, Hinatuan, City of Bislig, Lingig, Barobo)
Southern portion of Agusan del Sur (Loreto, La Paz, Rosario, Bunawan, Veruela, Santa Josefa, Trento, San Francisco, Talacogon)
Northern portion of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel, Baganga)
Northern portion of Davao de Oro (Laak, Monkayo, Montevista, Compostela, New Bataan, Nabunturan, Mawab)
Northern portion of Davao del Norte (Kapalong, San Isidro, Asuncion, New Corella, Talaingod)
Areas placed under signal number 1 are the following:
Southeastern portion of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Valencia, Sibulan, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Dauin, Bacong)
Surigao del Norte including Bucas Grande and Siargao Islands
Rest of Surigao del Sur
Rest of Agusan del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Rest of Davao Oriental
Rest of Davao de Oro
Rest of Davao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Lanao del Norte
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 said Crising is forecast to bring gale-force winds in areas under signal number 2, while strong breeze to near gale conditions would be felt over areas under signal number 1, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas.
Based on the forecast track, Crising will move west-northwestward and is likely to make landfall over Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area between Thursday night and Friday morning. It would remain a tropical storm before to landfall.
It is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression by Friday as it traverses the rugged landmass of Mindanao and will emerge over the Sulu Sea on Saturday morning, May 15. It would furrher weaken into a remnant low on Sunday morning, May 16 after it passed over Palawan.
PAGASA said Crising will likely be in the vicinity of Libona, Bukidnon by Friday afternoon, and will be 75 km East of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan by Saturday afternoon.
On Sunday afternoon, Crising will already be outside the Philippine area of responsibility at around 45 km east of Kalayaan Islands, Palawan.