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‘Auring’ weakens into tropical storm but Signal No. 1 remains in parts of Visayas, Mindanao–Pagasa

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‘Auring’ weakens into tropical storm but Signal No. 1 remains in parts of Visayas, Mindanao–Pagasa

“AURING” has weakened into a tropical storm but Signal No. 1 remains up in parts of Visayas and Mindanao, the state-run Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Saturday.

In its 11 a.m. advisory, Pagasa said Auring was estimated at 595 kilometers east of southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

Moving eastward at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour (kph), the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 75kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90kph, Pagasa said.

In Visayas, Signal No. 1 was still up over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Bohol and Siquijor while same storm signal was raised in parts of Mindanao, namely, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon and Lanao del Sur.

“Auring is forecast to make landfall over the eastern coast of Caraga Region on Sunday afternoon or evening, then cross Visayas and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) throughout the remainder of Sunday until Monday,” the weather bureau said.

It further said that Auring may weaken into a tropical depression before making landfall.

Nevertheless, this storm will likely weaken considerably due to “significant terrain interaction and persistent vertical wind shear during this passage over the archipelago and may reach tropical depression category by Monday,” Pagasa said.

It said the combined effects of the surge of the northeast monsoon (“amihan”) and Auring will bring strong to gale-force winds over the areas where the storm signal is in effect in the next 24 hours as well as over the rest of Visayas, Bicol Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), and Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and the northern portion of Palawan (including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands).

Pagasa said Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat Islands, and Eastern Visayas will experience heavy to intense rains while Misamis Oriental, Camiguin and the rest of Caraga will experience moderate to heavy with at times intense rains on Saturday and Sunday.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Central Visayas, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte and the rest of Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao, it said.