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Weather disturbance “Auring” has intensified into a tropical storm (TS) while slowly moving northwestward over the Philippine Sea, the weather bureau said in its 11 a.m. update Thursday.

Auring now packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It was last tracked 685 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Auring” is not expected to bring heavy rainfall on Thursday.

Heavy rains may likely be experienced over parts of the country during the weekend until Monday, it added.

Auring may also intensify into a severe tropical storm before expected landfall over Caraga either Saturday or Sunday.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said in the next 24 hours, rough to very rough seas will be experienced over the seaboards of northern Luzon, and the eastern seaboards of central and southern Luzon, the Visayas and Mindanao due to the surge of the northeast monsoon and the TS.

Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for mariners of small seacrafts.

Elsewhere, moderate to rough seas will be experienced. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to the sea, PAGASA said. SOVEREIGNPH

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