MANILA – Tropical Storm Auring slightly accelerated as it moved northwestward towards Eastern Visayas and Caraga area, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.
In its 5 p.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said “Auring” is forecast to continue moving generally west-northwestward to northwestward and “may initially make landfall” over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte area Monday morning.
It is forecast to maintain its strength in the next 12 hours. However, PAGASA said the likelihood of weakening into tropical depression before it makes landfall is not yet ruled out.
After landfall, “Auring” is forecast to weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction and the increasing wind shear, leading to deterioration into a remnant low within 48 hours, possibly sooner, it added.
Moving northwestward at 20 kilometers per hour (kph), “Auring” was estimated at 355 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte as of 4 p.m. with a maximum sustained winds of 65 km per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
The storm will continue to bring moderate to heavy rains over Caraga, Eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Catanduanes, Albay, and Sorsogon until Monday morning.
Zamboanga Peninsula, Mimaropa, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Quezon, and the rest of Bicol Region, Visayas, and Northern Mindanao will experience light to moderate with at times heavy rains.
In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the surge of the northeast monsoon and “Auring” will bring gale-force winds in areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 and strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where TCWS No. 1 is in effect.
The areas under TCWS No. 2 are:
-- The central and southern portions of Eastern Samar (Taft, Sulat, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong, Balangkayan, Llorente, Hernani, General Macarthur, Quinapondan, Balangiga, Lawaan, Giporlos, Salcedo, Mercedes, Guiuan);
-- The central and southern portions of Samar (Hinabangan, Calbiga, Pinabacdao, Villareal, Basey, Marabut, Santa Rita);
-- The eastern portion of Leyte (Babatngon, Tacloban City, San Miguel, Alangalang, Santa Fe, Palo, Tanauan, Pastrana, Dagami, Tabontabon, Tolosa, Julita, Burauen, Dulag, La Paz, Mayorga, Macarthur, Javier, Abuyog, Mahaplag);
-- The eastern portion of Southern Leyte (Silago, Sogod, Hinunangan, Libagon, Saint Bernard, Hinundayan, Anahawan, San Juan, Liloan, San Francisco, San Ricardo, Pintuyan);
-- Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
The following areas are under TCWS No. 1:
-- LUZON: Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan), and the eastern portion of Romblon (Magdiwang, San Fernando, Cajidiocan).
--VISAYAS: Northern Samar, the rest of Eastern Samar, the rest of Samar, Biliran, the rest of Leyte, the rest of Southern Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Oriental, the northern and central portions of Negros Occidental (Kabankalan City, Himamaylan City, Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, Hinigaran, La Castellana, Pontevedra, San Enrique, La Carlota City, Pulupandan, Valladolid, Bago City, Murcia, Bacolod City, Talisay City, Silay City, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava, San Carlos City, Salvador Benedicto), the northern and central portions of Iloilo (Carles, Balasan, Estancia, Batad, San Dionisio, Sara, Concepcion, Lemery, Ajuy, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Duenas, San Enrique, Dingle, Anilao, Banate, Janiuay, Badiangan, Pototan, Barotac Nuevo, Dumangas, Mina, Maasin, Alimodian, Leon, Tigbauan, Oton, Iloilo City, Pavia, San Miguel, Cabatuan, Santa Barbara, New Lucena, Zarraga, Leganes, Barotac Viejo), Capiz, Guimaras, and the eastern portion of Aklan (Tangalan, Malinao, Makato, Lezo, Numancia, Kalibo, New Washington, Batan, Altavas, Balete, Banga, Madalag, Libacao)
-- MINDANAO: Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, and Bukidnon. (PNA)