The state weather bureau expanded its rainfall forecast for Tropical Storm Crising, which was moving closer to the Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area late Thursday afternoon, May 13.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 pm bulletin on Thursday that Crising was located 150 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
The tropical storm is still moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).
It also continues to have maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
At its current pace, Crising could make landfall in the Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area between Thursday night and Friday morning, May 14.
Here is PAGASA’s updated rainfall forecast, covering the rest of Thursday until Friday afternoon:
Moderate to heavy rain
- Davao Region
- Northern Mindanao
- Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
Isolated to scattered floods and landslides may occur in those areas. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Meanwhile, aside from areas in Mindanao, parts of the Visayas were added to the list of places under tropical cyclone wind signals as of 5 pm on Thursday.
Signal No. 2 (61 to 120 km/h)
- southern part of Surigao del Sur (Tagbina, Hinatuan, Bislig City, Lingig, Barobo)
- southern part of Agusan del Sur (Loreto, La Paz, Rosario, Bunawan, Veruela, Santa Josefa, Trento, San Francisco, Talacogon)
- northern part of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel, Baganga)
- northern part of Davao de Oro (Laak, Monkayo, Montevista, Compostela, New Bataan, Nabunturan, Mawab)
- northern part of Davao del Norte (Kapalong, San Isidro, Asuncion, New Corella, Talaingod)
Signal No. 1 (30 to 60 km/h)
- southeastern part of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Valencia, Sibulan, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Dauin, Bacong)
- Surigao del Norte including Bucas Grande and Siargao Islands
- rest of Surigao del Sur
- rest of Agusan del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- rest of Davao Oriental
- rest of Davao de Oro
- rest of Davao del Norte
- Davao City
- Lanao del Sur
- Lanao del Norte
- Misamis Occidental
- Misamis Oriental
- northeastern part of Zamboanga del Sur (Midsalip, Sominot, Dumingag, Molave, Mahayag, Josefina, Tambulig, Ramon Magsaysay, Aurora, Tukuran, Labangan)
- northeastern part of Zamboanga del Norte (Sergio Osmeña Sr., Katipunan, President Manuel A. Roxas, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal, La Libertad)
PAGASA said gale-force winds are expected in areas under Signal No. 2, while strong breeze to near-gale conditions will be experienced in areas under Signal No. 1.
Crising is also causing moderate to rough waters in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao. In the next 24 hours, waves could be 1.2 to 3.5 meters high.
PAGASA advised small vessels and “inexperienced mariners” not to venture out to sea.
By Friday, when Crising crosses Mindanao’s rugged landmass, it could weaken into a tropical depression.
The state weather bureau expects Crising to emerge over the Sulu Sea early Saturday morning, May 15, then weaken further into a remnant low on Sunday morning, May 16, after passing over Palawan.
Crising is the Philippines’ third tropical cyclone for 2021 and the first for May.
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) – Rappler.com