SIGNAL No. 2 is up in parts of Mindanao as "Crising" intensified into a tropical storm, the state-run weather agency said on Thursday.
Affected areas are the southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Lingig and City of Bislig), the southeastern portion of Agusan del Sur (Trento and Santa Josefa), the northern portion of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel and Baganga) and the northeastern portion of Davao de Oro (Compostela, Montevista, Monkayo and New Bataan), the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Signal No. 1 has been raised over the rest of Surigao del Sur, the rest of Agusan del Sur, the rest of Davao Oriental, the rest of Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, and the eastern portion of Bukidnon (Impasug-Ong, City of Malaybalay, Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Quezon, City of Valencia, Lantapan, Maramag, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, Don Carlos, Kibawe and Damulog).
Based on its forecast track, Pagasa said the tropical cyclone is moving westward or west northwestward and is likely to make landfall over Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur later on Thursday or early Friday morning.
Weather specialist Ariel Rojas said in an 11 a.m. advisory that Crising was estimated at 330 kilometers east of Davao City.
It is moving west-northwestward at a speed of 10 kilometers per hour (kph) with maximum sustained winds of 65kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80kph.
He said slight intensification was likely as Crising was forecast to remain a tropical storm prior to landfall.
Throughout Friday, Pagasa said it is expected to weaken into a tropical depression as it traverses the rugged landmass of Mindanao and will emerge over the Sulu Sea early Saturday morning.
“It is forecast to weaken into a remnant low early Sunday morning while passing over Palawan and dissipate shortly afterwards,” Rojas said.
Pagasa said moderate to heavy rains may prevail over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte until Friday.
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.