'Auring' makes landfall over Batag Island; heads to Albay

Philippine News Agency
February 22, 2021
MANILA – Tropical Depression (TD) Auring made landfall over Batag Island, Laoang, Northern Samar and is now heading towards the Albay-Sorsogon area, the weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. Monday update.

"Auring" was last tracked 30 kilometers northeast of Catarman, Northern Samar, moving north-northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour (kph).

The TD packs maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph. It was forecast to weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction.

Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 1 remains hoisted over Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan), Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.

The combined effects of the northeast monsoon and "Auring" will cause strong breeze conditions with occasionally higher gusts over these areas, as well as Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, Western Visayas, and the rest of Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said moderate to heavy rains will continue over Northern Samar, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon.

Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains will also continue over Western Visayas, Aurora, Rizal, Samar, the northern portion of Eastern Samar, and the rest of Mimaropa.

Isolated to scattered flooding and rain-induced landslides may be experienced during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

Seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 1, eastern seaboard of central Luzon, eastern seaboard of southern Luzon, southern seaboard of Luzon, and the remaining seaboards of Eastern Visayas will experience rough seas. Sea travel is risky.

Moderate to rough seas still prevail over the remaining seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas, northern, eastern, and western seaboards of Mindanao.

PAGASA reiterated that mariners of small seacrafts should take precautionary measures when venturing out to the sea. (PNA)

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