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Flood Warnings, Storm Signals Raised as Auring Strengthens

It will be a stormy weekend for large parts of the country.
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Tropical Storm Auring (Dujuan) is threatening large parts of the country with heavy rains this weekend, as it gathers strength off Eastern Mindanao before making landfall at the weekend, weather bureau PAGASA said Friday, as it raised storm signals.

The first cyclone of 2021 will likely intensify into a severe tropical storm in the next 48 hours before slamming into the Caraga Region on Sunday. At 4 a.m. Friday, the eye of the storm was almost stationary, located 595 kilometers east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 75kph with 90 kph gusts, PAGASA said.

When will the rains hit?

Rains could trigger scattered to widespread floods in areas on the storm's path, PAGASA said. From Friday until early Saturday, light to moderate with at times heavy rainshowers are forecast over Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte. The rains will intensify in the said areas later Saturday.

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Also by Saturday, the scope of the rains will expand, PAGASA said. Moderate to heavy rains are expected over Eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, and Davao del Norte. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains are expected over the rest of Visayas, the rest of Northern Mindanao, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Lanao del Sur, Cotabato, and Davao City.

Where will Auring make landfall?

Based on its track as of early Friday, Auring will hit land in the Caraga Region on Sunday. All through Sunday until Monday, it will head northwest to the Visayas and the Mimaropa region, PAGASA said.

Which areas are under storm signals?

Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds) was raised over Davao Oriental, the eastern portion of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo), the southeastern portion of Agusan del Sur (San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa), and the southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, Bislig City, Lingig)

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This means there could be very light or no damage: some banana plants are tilted and twigs of small trees could be broken, PAGASA said.

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