Auring weakens into tropical depression

Maris Federez   •   February 22, 2021   •   205

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has lowered the category of Auring into a Tropical Depression as it is forecast to continue moving generally northwestward in the next 24 hours, according to the weather bureau’s 11:00 pm update.

On the forecast track and its probability cone, the tropical depression may initially make landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar (southern portion including Homonhon Island)-Leyte area in the next 6 to 12 hours.

The state weather center said there is an increasing likelihood that Auring will further weaken before it makes landfall due to persistent high vertical wind shear associated with the surge of the Northeast Monsoon.

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.

As of 10:00 pm on Sunday, the center of Tropical Depression Auring was estimated based on all available data at 210 km East of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte (09.9 °N, 127.4 °E ), and is moving West Northwestward at 15 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is hoisted over the following areas.

Luzon:

  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands
  • Albay
  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)

Visayas:

  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Bohol
  • Cebu
  • Siquijor
  • Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Sibulan, San Jose, Amlan, Pamplona, Tanjay City, Bais City, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Guihulngan City, Canlaon City, Vallehermoso)
  • Negros Occidental (Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, La Carlota City, Bago City, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, San Enrique, Valladolid, Pulupandan, Murcia, San Carlos City, Bacolod City, Salvador Benedicto, Calatrava, Talisay City, Silay City, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Toboso)
  • Iloilo (Dumangas, Barotac Nuevo, Anilao, San Rafael, Barotac Viejo, Banate, Passi City, San Enrique, Dingle, Lemery, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles)
  • Capiz (Cuartero, Dumarao, Ma-Ayon, Pontevedra, Panay, President Roxas, Panitan, Dao, Pilar)

Mindanao:

  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Surigao del Sur (Lianga, Barobo, San Agustin, Marihatag, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, San Miguel, Tandag City, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal)
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Agusan del Sur (Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Sibagat)
  • Misamis Oriental (Gingoog City, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Balingoan, Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon, Binuangan, Salay)
  • Camiguin

The state weather center also said that in the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the Northeast Monsoon and Auring will bring strong breeze to near-gale conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where TCWS #1 is in effect, as well as over the southern portion of Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, and the rest of Visayas and Bicol Region.

PAGASA advisory added that rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of areas under TCWS #1 (2.5 to 4.0 m), the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Southern Luzon not under any TCWS (2.5 to 3.5 m), the southern seaboard of Luzon and the remaining seaboards of Visayas (2.5 to 3.0 m). Sea travel is risky especially for those using small seacrafts.

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 to 3.0 m) will be experienced over the remaining 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.

Duterte visits Caraga areas hit by ‘Auring’

Robie de Guzman   •   February 24, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday visited parts of the Caraga region in Mindanao to personally check on the situation after it was battered by tropical depression Auring.

He conducted an aerial inspection of affected areas in Surigao del Sur with Senator Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go.

After his inspection, he led a briefing where he directed government officials to submit a full assessment report on the impact of Auring, as well as a response plan for affected areas.

“The pressing problem really is itong pagkain. What I have really experienced, all these years being mayor of Davao City for almost 23 years… Hindi tayo, mga dumaan sa local, medyo sanay tayo. Hindi tayo dehado. Basta ganun, pagkain, shelter, and tubig. Yan ang important talaga, ang tubig,” he said.

He also ordered concerned government agencies to speed up rescue operations, relief and rehabilitation efforts in the community damaged by the storm.

The Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) reported it has distributed food packs to affected residents. It has also allocated P22.09 million standby funds and stockpiles in Caraga and P459 million response funds in DSWD central office.

Auring, which was the first tropical cyclone to hit the country this year, had flooded many areas in Caraga over the weekend, prompting thousands of residents to flee their homes and seek temporary shelters. – RRD (with details from Correspondent Rosalie Coz)

PAGASA lifts tropical cyclone wind signal as ‘Auring’ weakens into LPA

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA has downgraded the weather system formerly known as Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ into a low pressure area (LPA) after it weakened at 11:00 AM Monday (February 22) prior to crossing the Rapu-Rapu Islands, Albay.

The weather bureau forecast the LPA to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. 

There is an increasing likelihood of the disturbance dissipating while traversing Southern Luzon.

Still, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains prevail over Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, and Romblon throughout the day.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains is still being experienced over Aurora, Rizal, Laguna, Northern Samar, and the rest of MIMAROPA.

Though Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 is now lifted, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring strong breeze conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, and Quezon.

As of 3:00 PM today, the LPA (formerly Tropical Depression “Auring”) was estimated West Southwest of Legazpi City, Albay. northeast monsoon affecting Northern Luzon.

With this development and unless re-intensification occurs, PAGASA said this will be the final weather bulletin for this weather disturbance. 

TD Auring made landfall over Batag Island, now aims for Albay-Sorsogon area

Marje Pelayo   •   February 22, 2021

MANILA, Philippines — The center of Tropical Depression ‘Auring’ made landfall over Batag Island, Laoang, Northern Samar at 9:00 AM Monday (February 22).

The weather disturbance is now headed towards the Albay-Sorsogon area, according to the latest forecast from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Still, moderate to heavy rains prevail over Northern Samar, Bicol Region, Marinduque, Romblon, and Quezon while light to moderate with at times heavy rains is beijing experienced in areas in Western Visayas, Aurora, Rizal, Samar, northern portion of Eastern Samar and the rest of MIMAROPA.

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the Northeast Monsoon and TD Auring will bring strong breeze conditions with occasionally higher gusts over the areas where Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1 is in effect:

Luzon

  • Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)

Visayas

  • Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran

Similar weather condition will continue in areas of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora, Quezon, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Cuyo Islands, Cagayancillo Islands, Western Visayas, and the rest of Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region.

Tropical Depression Auring is seen to continue moving generally northwestward throughout the forecast period and may weaken considerably due to significant terrain interaction leading to deterioration into a remnant low within 24 hours or possibly sooner.

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