(2nd Lead) TD Crising gains speed, 22 provinces in Mindanao under Signal 1

February 19, 2013 11:15 pm 

MANILA, feb. 19 — After making landfall at the southern tip of Davao Del Sur, Tropical Depression Crising increased Tuesday its speed as it moved in a west northwest direction, the state weather bureau said.

Weather Forecaster Ricky Fabregas said Crising made landfall in Balahunan, Davao del Sur around 1 p.m. Tuesday and expected to make landfall early Wednesday near Basilan then will also make landfall in southern Palawan.

He said as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, Crising was at at 80 km Southwest of General Santos City (5.7°N, 124.5°E), packing maximum winds of 45 kph near the center and moving west northwest at 24 kph.

Weathermen said 22 provinces were placed under Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds): Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Samal Island, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, southern part of Surigao del Sur;

Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte;

Zamboanga del Sur, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

It advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Estimated rainfall within the 300-km diameter of the tropical depression is from five to 15 millimeters per hour, classified as “moderate to heavy.”

PAGASA said that Crising is expected to be at 250 km West of Zamboanga City by Wednesday afternoon and by Thursday afternoon is expected to be at 500 km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City.

The weather agency said Mindanao and Palawan will experience rains and gusty winds while Visayas will be cloudy with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides.

Bicol Region, Calabarzon, Mindoro, Marinduque and Romblon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Cagayan Valley and the provinces of Aurora and Quezon will be cloudy with light rains while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also warned owners of fishing boats and other small seacraft are advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of the country and over the northern seaboard of Northern Luzon due to strong to gale force northeasterly surface windflow. (PNA)

HBC/CLTC

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