Tropical depression “Crising” accelerated while in the vicinity of Lanao del Sur Friday morning, May 14, said the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
In its severe weather bulletin issued at 8 a.m., PAGASA said Crising was over Marawi City, Lanao del Sur at around 7 a.m.
It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 75 kph while moving faster at 15 kph west-northwest.
Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 was still up in the southeastern portion of Negros Oriental, Siquijor, western portion of Misamis Oriental, western portion of Bukidnon, northwestern portion of Cotabato, northern portion of Maguindanao, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Sur, and northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Norte.
“Strong breeze conditions are likely over the localities where tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 is in effect, especially in the coastal and mountainous areas of these localities,” PAGASA said.
Likewise, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may persist over Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, and Misamis Occidental.
“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” PAGASA warned.
“Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels,” it said.
Moreover, Crising could trigger moderate to rough seas in areas under Signal No. 1 in the next 24 hours.
“Mariners of small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over these waters, (while) inexperienced mariners of these vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions,” PAGASA said.
It said Crising is expected to continue to move westward or west-northwestward and emerge over the Sulu Sea in the next six to 12 hours.
The tropical depression is seen to weaken into a remnant low within 24 hours.