The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has hoisted Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 2 over parts of the Visayas and Mindanao (VisMin) as Tropical Storm Auring maintained its strength over the Philippine Sea on Sunday.
In its 11 a.m. bulletin on Friday, PAGASA said it raised TCWS No. 2 over the central and southern portions of Eastern Samar (Sulat, Taft, San Julian, Borongan City, Maydolong, Balangkayan, Balangiga, Lawaan, Llorente, Hernani, General Macarthur, Quinapondan, Giporlos, Salcedo, Mercedes, Guiuan).
For Mindanao, PAGASA has raised TCWS No. 2 over Dinagat Islands and Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands.
PAGASA said Auring packed maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph, and was spotted at 10 am on Friday at at 335 kilometers East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It said Auring is expected to make landfall by tonight or early morning.
“Tropical Storm “Auring” is forecast to continue moving generally west-northwestward to northwestward in the next 48 hours. On the forecast track and its probability cone, this storm may initially make landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar (southern portion including Homonhon Island)-Leyte area between tonight or tomorrow early morning,” PAGASA said.
While PAGASA raised TCWS No. 2 over parts of the Visayas and Mindanao, it forecasts Auring possibly weakening in the next hours or days.
“There is an increasing likelihood that “Auring” will weaken into a tropical depression before it makes landfall due to persistent high vertical wind shear associated with the surge of the Northeast Monsoon. However, the possibility that the storm will maintain its strength until landfall is not yet ruled out. After 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 48 hours, possibly sooner,” the weather agency said. SOVEREIGNPH