First Tropical Depression of 2021 enters PAR

The first Tropical Depression for 2021 entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sure) and it was named “Auring.”

“AURING” entered the PAR at 8:00 AM today. Tropical Depression “AURING” is forecast to move generally westward or west-southwestward in the next 12 hours.

Afterwards, “AURING” will move generally west-northwestward and is forecast to make landfall over Caraga on Saturday evening or Sunday morning as Tropical Storm.

At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression “AURING” was estimated based on all available data at 900 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

“AURING” is currently not affecting any part of the country. However, localities in Visayas, Bicol Region, MIMAROPA, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Davao Region, Cotabato, and Lanao del Sur, especially those situated in areas identified in hazard maps to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards, are advised to take appropriate preparatory measures due to increasing likelihood of heavy rains and gusty conditions associated with the potential passage of a tropical cyclone during the weekend through Monday.

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First Tropical Depression of 2021 enters PAR

Meanwhile, today, the Tail-End of a Frontal System will bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, Albay, Catanduanes and light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Central Visayas, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and the rest of Bicol Region. Isolated flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur due to heavy rainfall or prolonged periods of rainfall, especially in areas identified in hazard maps to be highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards. Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.

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 Friday, which may result in the disruption of maritime activities.