(UPDATED) MANILA, Philippines – Only one area remained under a storm signal on Friday morning, January 4, as Tropical Storm Auring made its way out of the Philippines.
In its 11 am bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) raised Storm Warning Signal No. 1 only over southern Palawan. This means the area should expect rain of 30-60 km/h.
Earlier on Friday, PAGASA placed southern Palawan under Signal No. 2 and the rest of Palawan under Signal No. 1.
While it is about to exit the country, however, Auring is also expected to bring rain over Metro Manila and other areas.
PAGASA expects Auring to exit the Philippine area of responsibility Friday afternoon. By then, Auring should have been 470 km southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.
The state weather bureau last spotted Auring at 330 km southwest of Puerto Princesa. Auring packs maximum winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h, PAGASA said. It is moving westward at 28 km/h.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said Visayas, Mindanao, and Calabarzon will experience cloudy weather with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms. Cagayan Valley and Aurora province will experience cloudy skies with light rain, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
In a phone interview with Rappler, PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said this is an effect of Auring, whose cloud bands reach up to Metro Manila.
PAGASA also expects Auring to enhance the northeast monsoon or amihan, bringing rain over the eastern section of Luzon, or places like Cagayan Valley and Aurora. "Hindi naman magtatagal 'yan, kasi 'pag lumayo na si Auring, maganda na 'yan," he said. (That will not take long, because as Auring goes farther, the condition becomes better.)
PAGASA will issue its next update on Auring at 5 pm. – Rappler.com