MANILA, Philippines (Updated 8:22 a.m.) — Tropical Depression Auring may make landfall over Eastern Samar as a tropical depression or a remnant low pressure area, state weather bureau PAGASA said Monday morning.
The tropical cyclone turned north-northwestward and is headed to Eastern Samar, where it is forecast to make landfall in the next six to 12 hours.
"Post-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 24 hours, possibly sooner," PAGASA said in its 5 a.m. advisory.
At 7 a.m., Auring was located 205 km east northeast of Maasin City, Southern Leyte or 85 km east of Guian, Eastern Samar. It packs maximum winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph. It is moving north northwestward at 20 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal no. 1, which means winds of 30 to 60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours, is still hoisted in the following areas:
Areas under signal no. 1 will experience the combined effects of amihan and Auring, which will bring strong breeze with occasionally higher gusts.
Other areas that will experience these are Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Batanes, Babuyan Islands, the northern portions of Ilocos Norte and mainland Cagayan, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, and the rest of Visayas and Bicol Region.
The seaboards of areas under signal no. 1, as well as the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon, the southern seaboard of Luzon and the remaining seaboards of Visayas will experience rough seas in the next 24 hours.
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LATEST UPDATE: February 22, 2021 - 11:41am
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February 22, 2021 - 11:41am
Tropical Depression Auring has made landfall over Batag Island in Laoang, Northern Samar at 9 a.m., PAGASA says.
February 22, 2021 - 7:14am
Tropical Depression Auring is expected to make landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte area in the next 6 to 12 hours.
State weather bureau PAGASA says the weather disturbance is likely to further weaken before it makes landfall due to persistent high vertical wind shear brought about by the northeast monsoon or amihan.
At 4 a.m., Auring was located 195 km east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte with winds of 45 kph and gusts of up to 55 kph. It is moving west northwestward at 15 kph.
February 20, 2021 - 5:36pm
PAGASA says Tropical Storm Auring has slightly weakened while moving northwestward.
As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the eye of Auring was spotted 440 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
Moving northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour, it has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
February 20, 2021 - 11:50am
Tropical Storm Auring keeps its strength over the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao.
In PAGASA's 11 a.m. bulletin Saturday, the center of Auring was located 595 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. Auring is moving eastward at 15 kph.
February 20, 2021 - 9:08am
PAGASA says Tropical Storm Auring has slightly weakened over the Philippine Sea.
As of 4:00 a.m. Saturday, the center of Auring was spotted 475 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph while moving almost stationary.