Feb 182013
At least four areas in Mindanao were placed under Storm Signal No. 1 after a low-pressure area off Mindanao intensified into a tropical depression Monday afternoon and was locally codenamed Crising.

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said Tropical Depression Crising may bring rain that could cause flash floods and landslides in parts of Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

“Inaasahan itong gumalaw west-northwest ng 19 kph. Sa ngayon, Davao region ang posibleng unang maapektuhan,” Cada said in an interview on dzBB radio.

He also said Tropical Depression Crising may bring rain to parts of Mindanao that Tropical Cyclone Pablo devastated last December.

Cada said that in the next 24 to 36 hours, Crising may affect Eastern Mindanao, including Davao and Compostela Valley.

But he also said there is a chance Crising will not intensify much since it is moving quickly at 19 kph.

“Sa bagyong ganoon kabilis ang takbo ng bagyo, hindi ito maka-generate ng masyadong lakas dahil mabilis ito at malapit sa kalupaan,” he said.

Under Storm Signal No. 1 are:

Davao del Norte
Davao del Sur
Davao Oriental
Compostela Valley

PAGASA warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Storm Signal 1 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

It said rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) may be expected from Crising’s 300-km diameter.

As of 4 p.m., PAGASA said Tropical Depression Crising was estimated at 750 km east of General Santos City, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph near the center.

It said Crising is forecast to move west-northwest at 19 kph.

By Tuesday afternoon it is expected to be 350 km east of General Santos City. By Wednesday afternoon it is expected to be 40 km southeast of Cotabato City.

On Thursday afternoon it is expected to be 220 km southeast of Zamboanga City.

“Eastern Visayas and the regions of CARAGA, Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides,” it said.

Bicol and the rest of Visayas and of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms, it added.

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

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern Luzon and coming from the northeast over the rest of the country.

The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be moderate to rough.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said strong to gale-force winds may affect the northern and eastern seaboards of the country.

“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. — BM, GMA News

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