Typhoon Auring intensified as it slowly crossed the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao on Friday.
For now, PAGASA has declared the severe weather storm, something that moves west or west-southwest before turning further northwest on Saturday.
Around 10 AM when the eye of the typhoon was spotted 536 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
It carries winds of up to 95 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 115 kilometers per hour.
So far, PAGASA has dropped Signal No. 1 in the following areas:
• Davao Oriental
• Eastern part of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo)
• Eastern part of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, Talacogon, San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Santa Josefa, Trento)
• Surigao del Sur
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 equals the 30-60 kilometer wind force expected in the next 36 hours.
“More localities in Caraga and Davao Region may be placed under TCWS #1 in the next bulletin,” reported the state weather bureau on Friday.
“Based on current meteorological data, the highest level of wind signal that will be issued throughout the passage of ‘AURING’ is TCWS #2 (for potentially damaging gale-force to storm-force winds),” it added.
This morning until tomorrow afternoon, the provinces of Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte will experience weak to moderate with seldom heavy rains.
The likelihood that the typhoon will increase to the “typhoon” category is still low in PAGASA’s forecast so far.
“‘Auring’ will likely weaken while crossing the archipelago due to significant terrain interaction and dry air intrusion from the Northeast Monsoon,” the agency added.