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25 areas under Signal No. 1 as Auring maintains strength while moving over Mindanao

Twenty-five areas remained under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 on Saturday morning as Tropical Storm Auring (international name: Dujuan) maintained its strength as it moves over the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao, PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said TCWS No. 1 was raised over the following areas:

  1. Northern Samar
  2. Eastern Samar
  3. Samar
  4. Biliran
  5. Leyte
  6. Southern Leyte
  7. Cebu
  8. Negros Oriental
  9. Bohol
  10. Siquijor 
  11. Dinagat Islands
  12. Surigao del Norte
  13. Surigao del Sur
  14. Agusan del Norte
  15. Agusan del Sur
  16. Davao Oriental
  17. Davao de Oro
  18. Davao del Norte
  19. Davao City
  20. Camiguin
  21. Misamis Oriental
  22. Misamis Occidental
  23. Lanao del Norte
  24. Bukidnon
  25. Lanao del Sur


Hazards on land areas

Auring is expected to bring heavy to intense rains over Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Eastern Samar this Saturday through Sunday noon.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains are expected over Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and the rest of Caraga, while light to moderate with at times heavy rains are over Central Visayas, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, and the rest of Northern Mindanao and Eastern Visayas.

Meanwhile, on Sunday noon through Monday noon, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Islands will experience moderate to heavy with at times intense rains.

Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, the southern portion of Quezon, and the rest of Visayas and Caraga will meanwhile have light to moderate with at times heavy rains.

PAGASA warned that under the said conditions, scattered to widespread flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are likely during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to the hazards as identified in hazard maps.

Further, strong to gale-force winds are expected in the next 24 hours over areas where TCWS No. 1 is in effect, as well as over the rest of Visayas, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, and Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands), due to the combined effects of the surge of the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) and Auring.

Strong breeze to near-gale conditions are also likely over the rest of Luzon, PAGASA added.

Auring's track and intensity outlook

Based on the forecast track, Auring is forecast to gradually move northwestward in the next 12 hours before accelerating. 

PAGASA said Auring's center is forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of Caraga Region on Sunday afternoon or evening, then cross Visayas and MIMAROPA throughout the remainder of Sunday through Monday.

Auring is more likely to remain as a tropical storm until it makes landfall over Caraga, but there is an increasing likelihood that the storm will weaken into a tropical depression before making landfall.

PAGASA said Auring will likely weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction and persistent vertical wind shear during this passage over the archipelago and may reach tropical depression category by Monday.

As of 10 a.m., the center of Auring was estimated based on all available data at 595 km east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, and moving eastward at 15 kph. 

Flights, precautions

Some flights were canceled by Philippine Airlines on Saturday in anticipation of the bad weather due to Auring.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council on Saturday advised the public to take the necessary precautions since the effects of Auring may be stronger than what was forecast.

The Office of the Civil Defense, local government units and other agencies were on alert and have laid out preparations for the possible onslaught of the storm. —Jamil Santos/KG, GMA News