MORE areas in Mindanao were placed under Signal No.2 while some in the Visayas are under Signal No. 1 as tropical storm "Crising" maintained its strength, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said on Thursday.

Signal No. 2 is up over the southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Tagbina, Hinatuan, City of Bislig, Lingig and Barobo), the southern portion of Agusan del Sur (Loreto, La Paz, Rosario, Bunawan, Veruela, Santa Josefa, Trento, San Francisco and Talacogon), the northern portion of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel and Baganga), the northern portion of Davao de Oro (Laak, Monkayo, Montevista, Compostela, New Bataan, Nabunturan and Mawab), and the northern portion of Davao del Norte (Kapalong, San Isidro, Asuncion, New Corella and Talaingod).

Under Signal No. 1 are Surigao del Norte, including Bucas Grande and Siargao Islands, the rest of Surigao del Sur, the rest of Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, the rest of Davao Oriental, the rest of Davao de Oro, the rest of Davao del Norte, Davao City, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and the northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Sur (Midsalip, Sominot, Dumingag, Molave, Mahayag, Josefina, Tambulig, Ramon Magsaysay, Aurora, Tukuran and Labangan), and the northeastern portion of Zamboanga del Norte (Sergio Osmeña Sr., Katipunan, Pres. Manuel A. Roxas, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal and La Libertad).

Pagasa forecaster Ariel Rojas, in a 5 p.m. advisory, said Signal No. 1 was also raised over the southeastern portion of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Valencia, Sibulan, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Dauin and Bacong) and Siquijor in Visayas.

Based on its forecast track, Crising is moving west-northwestward and is likely to make landfall over Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area between Thursday night and Friday morning, Rojas said.

At 4 p.m. Thursday, the tropical storm was estimated at 150 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the state-run weather agency said.

Moving at a speed of 25 kilometers per hour (kph), Crising has maximum sustained winds of 65kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph.

“By tomorrow (Friday), it may weaken into a tropical depression as it traverses the rugged landmass of Mindanao and will emerge over the Sulu Sea early Saturday morning,” Rojas said.

Until Friday afternoon, Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains are expected to prevail over Caraga, Davao Region, Northern Mindanao, SOCCSKSARGEN (South Cotabato, Cotabato, Sultan Kudarat, Sarangani and General Santos City), Bangsamoro and Palawan.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms due to the easterlies.