Auring intensifies into Tropical Storm – Pagasa

Auring intensifies into a Tropical Storm while moving slowly Northwestward over the Philippine Sea, Pagasa said on its latest weather bulletin.

At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Storm “AURING” was estimated based on all available data at 685 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

It is moving Northwestward slowly with maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

Tropical Storm “AURING” is not yet expected to bring heavy rains today. However, there is an increasing likelihood of heavy rainfall affecting Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, Northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands over the weekend through Monday.

Residents in these areas and all disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned, especially those situated in areas identified in hazard maps to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take appropriate preparatory measures.

Auring intensifies into Tropical Storm – Pagasa

No locality is currently under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1. However, in anticipation of the arrival of strong breeze to near-gale conditions due to “AURING”, TCWS #1 may be raised over several provinces of Caraga and Davao Region as early as tomorrow, which may result in disruption of maritime activities.

Tropical Storm “AURING” will move generally westward to west-northwestward through the forecast period, with an increase in speed tomorrow as it turn more west-northwestward.

“AURING” intensified into a Tropical Storm at 8:00 AM today. On the forecast track, “AURING” may intensify into severe tropical storm prior to landfall over Caraga on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.

In the next 24 hours, rough to very rough seas (2.8 to 5.0 m) will be experienced over the seaboards of and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and “AURING”. Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for mariners of small seacrafts.

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.1 m) will be experienced over the rest of the seaboards of the country. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.