TWENTY-THREE areas were placed under public storm signal number 1 as Tropical Depression Auring maintained its strength as it continues to threaten the province of Surigao del Sur.
An update issued by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) showed that Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TCWS) number 1 was hoisted over Bohol, Siquijor, Negros Provinces, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Guimaras, Southern part of Iloilo, Southern part of Antique, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Davao del Norte, Northern Davao Oriental, Northern Zamboanga del Norte, Lanao del Norte, Northern Lanao del Sur and Compostela Valley.
As of 11 a.m. yesterday, Auring was located at 75 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, with maximum winds of up to 55 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
The tropical depression is slowly moving in a west northwest direction at 7 kph.
Auring is expected to make a landfall over Surigao del Sur between last night and this morning.
Residents in areas under TCWS no. 1 and the rest of Eastern and Central Visayas are advised to be alert for possible flash floods and landslides.
Fishermen and those with small boats are also advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboards of Visayas and of Mindanao.
The NDRRMC reported that Auring will bring moderate to heavy rains along its paths, particularly in Caraga, Leyte provinces, Northern Mindanao, Central Visayas, Negros Provinces and Palawan.
Auring is forecast to be at 45 km west northwest of Butuan City, Agusan del Norte today, at 130 km south of Cuyo, Palawan on Tuesday and at 140 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan on Wednesday.
It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday.
NDRRMOC placed under blue alert
As part of the continuous preparation to assure the safety of everyone, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Operation Center was placed under blue alert effective 5 p.m. Saturday.
As per advice by the weather bureau, Auring will not directly affect the traslacion but cloudy skies and light rains in the afternoon may be expected due to northeast monsoon.
In line with this, the National Council’s Response cluster is also activated and the Regional Incident Management Team (RMT) in the National Capital Region (NCR) has been deployed to monitor incident related to the Black Nazarene traslacion.