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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Auring maintained its strength as it continued to move closer to the Surigao provinces early Sunday morning, January 8.
In a bulletin issued 5 am on Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Auring is already 125 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It is moving west northwest at a very slow 7 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It still has maximum winds of up to 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
Signal number 1 is raised in the following areas:
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental
- Southern Leyte
- Agusan del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Surigao del Sur
- Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Davao del Norte
- northern Davao Oriental
- northern Zamboanga del Norte
- Lanao del Norte
- northern Lanao del Sur
- Compostela Valley
Moderate to heavy rain is being experienced within Auring’s 300-km diameter. Areas in its path, which include the Caraga region, the Leyte provinces, Northern Mindanao, Central Visayas, the Negros provinces, and Palawan, should be on alert for possible floods and landslides.
Auring could make landfall in the Surigao area between Sunday evening, January 8, and early Monday morning, January 9.
PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky in the eastern seaboard of the Visayas and of Mindanao.
Since Auring is moving very slowly, it’ll linger inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and will only leave by Thursday, January 12.
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