MANILA, Philippines – The Low Pressure Area (LPA) over the Philippine sea east of Davao City has developed into tropical depression ‘Crising’ at 2:00 AM Thursday (May 13), based in the latest weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
On the forecast track, TD Crising is likely to make landfall over Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area between tonight and Friday (May 14) early morning.
Although a slight intensification remains likely, TD Crising is forecast to remain as a tropical depression prior to landfall.
Throughout tomorrow, the tropical depression is expected to traverse the rugged landmass of Mindanao and may emerge over the Sulu Sea on Saturday (May 15) early morning.
It is seen to weaken into a remnant low on Sunday (May 16) early morning.
On Thursday, the state weather agency PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) number 1 over the areas of Surigao del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and the eastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa, Veruela).
This means, winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours in the affected areas between today and Friday (May 14).
Also under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding and flash floods as well as rain-induced landslides are possible during heavy or prolonged rainfall.
PAGASA also warned that strong breeze to near gale conditions is likely over the localities covered by TWCS No.1 especially in the coastal and mountainous areas of these localities.
In the next 24 hours, moderate to rough seas will be experienced over the eastern seaboard of Mindanao due to the impact of TD Crising.
Mariners of small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over these waters.
Inexperienced mariners of these vessels should avoid navigating in these conditions.