‘Auring’ weakens after landfall in Samar

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    “AURING” made a landfall in Laoang town, Northern Samar yesterday morning after it weakened into a tropical depression from a storm, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

    It also said Auring made the landfall in Batag Island at around 9 a.m., or 10 hours after the agency reported the weather system has weakened into a tropical depression.

    Auring further weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) at around 11 a.m. yesterday, prior to crossing Rapu-Rapu Islands in Albay, PAGASA said. As of 3 p.m. yesterday, the LPA was some 50 km west southwest of Legazpi City in Albay.

    “It is forecast 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,” PAGASA said in a bulletin.

    No wind signal warnings are up but the LPA will continue to bring rains to many parts of the country.

    PAGASA said the Bicol region and Quezon province will have cloudy skies with scattered to widespread rains and thunderstorms due to the LPA. It said flashfloods and landslides are possible in these areas.

    Metro Manila, Western Visayas, Mimaropa, and Central Luzon regions, the rest of the Calabarzon region, and Northern Samar province will have cloudy skies with scattered rains showers and thunderstorms.

    Surigao del Sur Gov. Alexander Pimentel said Auring flooded 202 barangays in Tandag and Bislig cities, and 17 towns in the province from Thursday to Saturday.

    Pimentel said there are no reported casualties in the province, owing to the preemptive evacuation of nearly 21,000 residents who stayed in 394 evacuation centers.

    He said many of the evacuees have gone home as of yesterday due to improved weather and because the floods have started to subside.

    At the height of the flooding, Pimentel said floodwaters in Tandag City and in some municipalities reached neck-level high. He said some houses were washed away by the floodwaters.