‘Auring’ likely to cross central PHL

MANILA — The tropical depression with local name ‘Auring’ may move through the Visayas in central Philippines after making landfall in Mindanao’s Surigao area, possibly Sunday or Monday.

In its severe weather bulletin 1 released Saturday, the state weather bureau, PAGASA, forecast ‘Auring’ to move west-northwest at some 7 kph and be 120 km. east of Surigao del Sur province’s Hinatuan municipality by Sunday morning, then reach the vicinity of San Miguel in the same province by Monday morning.

PAGASA expects ‘Auring’ to be about 95 km.west-northwest of Dumaguete City in the Visayas’ Negros Oriental province by Tuesday morning and in the vicinity of Palawan province’s Puerto Princesa City by Wednesday morning.

‘Auring’ was the low-pressure area (LPA) that hovered east of Mindanao earlier this month and intensified into a tropical depression Saturday.

PAGASA located ‘Auring’ at some 260 km. east-southeast of Surigao del Sur’s Hinatuan municipality as of 10 a.m. Saturday.

According to PAGASA, ‘Auring’ was packing maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

Estimated rainfall is from moderate to heavy within the 300-km. diameter of ‘Auring,’ the bureau also said.

Earlier, PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar said the LPA’s intensification into a tropical depression will likely bring rain to Leyte, Southern Cebu, Bohol and Negros Oriental provinces in Visayas, Mindanao’s northern areas, Zamboanga peninsula and Caraga region, as well as Palawan in Luzon.

Such rain may commence Saturday night and last until about Thursday, she noted.

She did not discount the possibility of ‘Auring’ furtherintensifying into a tropical storm, then weakening into an LPA while inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

‘Auring’ will cross the PAR boundary and exit the area possibly on Wednesday evening, she continued.

PAGASA forecast ‘Auring’ to be some 25 km. west of Palawan’s Pagasa Island by Thursday morning, already outside PAR.

The bureau raised tropical cyclone warning signal 1 over Mindanao’s Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte and Dinagat Island, expecting ‘Auring’ to fan there 30 kph to 60 kph winds and waves up to 4.0 meters high.

Flash floods and landslides are possible in such areas, warned PAGASA.

Avoid venturing into seas bordering Mindanao’s eastern seaboard, PAGASA reminded the public.

“The public and disaster risk reduction and management councils concerned are advised to take appropriate action and watch for the next weather bulletin,” PAGASA added. Catherine Teves/PNA-northboundasia.com