Auring weakens into tropical depression – PAGASA

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 21) — Tropical Storm "Auring" (international name: Dujuan) has weakened into a tropical depression on Sunday night, with several parts of Visayas and Mindanao now only under warning signal no. 1, said the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1 is up over the following areas, where locals may witness very light or no damage to low risk structures. Rice crops in their flowering stage, however, may suffer significant damage, PAGASA said.

Luzon - Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Albay, Catanduanes, and the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Caramoan, Presentacion, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Nabua, Bato, Balatan)

Visayas Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Siquijor, the northern and eastern portions of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Sibulan, San Jose, Amlan, Pamplona, Tanjay City, Bais City, Manjuyod, Bindoy, Ayungon, Tayasan, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Guihulngan City, Canlaon City, Vallehermoso), the northern and central portions of Negros Occidental (Binalbagan, Isabela, Moises Padilla, La Castellana, La Carlota City, Bago City, Pontevedra, Hinigaran, San Enrique, Valladolid, Pulupandan, Murcia, San Carlos City, Bacolod City, Salvador Benedicto, Calatrava, Talisay City, Silay City, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Toboso), the eastern portion of Iloilo (Dumangas, Barotac Nuevo, Anilao, San Rafael, Barotac Viejo, Banate, Passi City, San Enrique, Dingle, Lemery, Ajuy, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles), and the eastern portion of Capiz (Cuartero, Dumarao, Ma-Ayon, Pontevedra, Panay, President Roxas, Panitan, Dao, Pilar)

Mindanao - Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, the northern portion of Surigao del Sur (Lianga, Barobo, San Agustin, Marihatag, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, San Miguel, Tandag City, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal), Agusan del Norte, the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Sibagat), the eastern portion of Misamis Oriental (Gingoog City, Magsaysay, Medina, Talisayan, Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Balingoan, Kinoguitan, Sugbongcogon, Binuangan, Salay), and Camiguin

Auring was last seen 210 km east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and a gustiness of up to 70 km/h.

PAGASA said that there is an increasing likelihood that Auring will further weaken before it makes landfall. It added that the tropical depression may initially make landfall over Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar (southern portion including Homonhon Island) - Leyte area in the next six to 12 hours.

Meanwhile, PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez told CNN Philippines that Auring may have its landfall between 7 a.m. and 10 a.m. of Monday morning.

Flood

Tandag City Mayor Roxanne Pimentel told CNN Philippines that their low-lying areas in town are submerged in floodwaters. She said that 2,000 families were already evacuated.

Pimentel also said that rice fields in the town are also submerged in flood, with damage to agriculture estimated at P66 million.

But the mayor said there were no casualties reported so far.

Meanwhile, Roxas City Mayor Ronnie Dadivas earlier said in a radio interview that 398 families coming from areas prone to flood and landslides have voluntarily evacuated.

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