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Tropical Depression Crising develops off Davao City

Acor Arceo
Tropical Depression Crising develops off Davao City

CRISING. Satellite image of Tropical Depression Crising as of May 13, 2021, 5:30 am.


It is the Philippines' third tropical cyclone for 2021

A low pressure area over the Philippine Sea developed into a tropical depression at 2 am on Thursday, May 13.

It was given the local name Crising, as the country’s third tropical cyclone for 2021.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Crising was located 420 kilometers east of Davao City before dawn on Thursday.

The tropical depression is moving west at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

Signal No. 1 was raised in the following areas as of 5 am on Thursday:

  • Surigao del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • eastern part of Agusan del Sur (Prosperidad, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa, Veruela)

Areas under Signal No. 1 should expect strong breeze to near-gale conditions, especially in coastal and mountainous areas, said PAGASA.

The state weather bureau also warned that Crising is bringing rain. Here are the affected areas between Thursday and Friday morning, May 14:

Moderate to heavy rain
  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte

There could be isolated to scattered flooding and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

Crising will also cause moderate to rough seas in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao in the next 24 hours. Waves may be 1.2 to 2.8 meters high.

PAGASA advised small vessels and “inexperienced mariners” not to venture out to sea.

Based on its latest forecast track, Crising is projected to make landfall in the Surigao del Sur-Davao Oriental area between Thursday night and early Friday morning.

“Although a slight intensification remains likely, Crising is forecast to remain as a tropical depression prior to landfall,” PAGASA said.

Then it would cross “the rugged landmass of Mindanao” on Friday, before emerging over the Sulu Sea early Saturday morning, May 15.

Afterwards, PAGASA said, Crising might weaken into a remnant low early Sunday morning, May 16, while passing over Palawan, then dissipate.

But the state weather bureau also said Crising could weaken into a remnant low within the next 36 to 48 hours, as it may deteriorate while crossing Mindanao.

PROJECTED PATH. Forecast track of Tropical Depression Crising as of May 13, 2021, 5 am.

For the next 6 months, PAGASA estimates the following number of tropical cyclones inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility:

  • May – 0 or 1
  • June – 1 or 2
  • July – 1 to 3
  • August – 2 or 3
  • September – 2 or 3
  • October – 2 or 3

The Philippines gets around 20 tropical cyclones each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021–

Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters, handles the business desk, and ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections.