‘Auring’ seen to make landfall in Caraga

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    “AURING” yesterday intensified into a tropical storm from a tropical depression and continued to head towards the Caraga region where it is forecast to make landfall on Saturday night or Sunday morning.

    Auring became a tropical storm at around 8 a.m. yesterday. It is forecast to further intensify into a severe tropical storm prior to landfall.

    In a weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration also said Auring will likely bring heavy rains to Visayas and parts of Mindanao and Luzon.

    As 3 p.m. yesterday, Auring was some 635 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, moving northwest at 10 kph.

    PAGASA “there is an increasing likelihood of heavy rainfall” over the weekend through Monday in the Visayas, the regions of Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Bicol and Calabarzon, and the provinces of Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Marinduque, Romblon, northern Palawan, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro.

    It said residents and disaster risk reduction authorities in these areas, especially those susceptible to flooding and landslides, are advised to preparatory measures.
    PAGASA said it may place several provinces in the Caraga and Davao regions under signal No. 1 today.

    The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council urged regional councils, local government units and the public to prepare as it said “heavy to intense rains” from Auring may cause flooding and rain-induced landslides in highly-susceptible areas.