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LPA develops into Tropical Depression Maring

Acor Arceo
LPA develops into Tropical Depression Maring

MARING. Satellite image of Tropical Depression Maring as of October 7, 2021, 5:30 pm.


Tropical Depression Maring is the Philippines' 13th tropical cyclone for 2021

The low pressure area (LPA) that entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, October 7, developed into a tropical depression at 2 pm and was given the local name Maring.

Tropical Depression Maring is the Philippines’ 13th tropical cyclone for 2021.

In a briefing past 5 pm on Thursday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Maring was located 505 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes.

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

By Sunday afternoon, October 10, it could move toward extreme Northern Luzon, then pass close to or make landfall in the Babuyan Islands by Monday, October 11.

So far, Maring has maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

But PAGASA sees Maring intensifying into a tropical storm by Sunday afternoon, October 10, or before it hits land. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

While Maring is still hundreds of kilometers away from land, its trough or extension may already bring rain to Eastern Visayas on Thursday evening.

The rain will generally be light to moderate, but it could be heavy at times. PAGASA warned that scattered floods and landslides are possible.

At the moment, there are no areas under tropical cyclone wind signals.

But the weather bureau said there is a “moderate to high likelihood” of tropical cyclone wind signals being raised in several provinces in Northern Luzon by Saturday morning or afternoon, October 9.

For now, the highest possible tropical cyclone wind signal due to Maring is Signal No. 2. This could change, however, if Maring strengthens.

PAGASA also warned of moderate to rough seas in the seaboards of Luzon and in the eastern and western seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao. Travel is risky for small vessels.

PROJECTED PATH. Forecast track of Tropical Depression Maring as of October 7, 2021, 5 pm.

Maring is also the second tropical cyclone for October, coming just a day after the exit of Tropical Depression Lannie.

An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021)

These are PAGASA’s latest estimates for the next six months:

  • October – 2 or 3
  • November – 2 or 3
  • December – 1 or 2
  • January – 0 or 1
  • February – 0 or 1
  • March – 0 or 1

The weather bureau is also monitoring the possible emergence of La Niña in the fourth quarter of 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.