More areas in Visayas and Mindanao placed under Signal No. 1 due to Auring

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 19) — More areas in Visayas and Mindanao are now under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 as Tropical Storm Auring maintained its strength while being almost stationary at sea.

In its 11 p.m. advisory, state weather bureau PAGASA listed Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Cebu, Negros Oriental, Bohol, and Siquijor as areas in Visayas under the lowest storm signal.

Places in Mindanao under Signal No. 1 are Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Lanao del Norte, Bukidnon, and Lanao del Sur.

Areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 will experience winds from 30 to 60 kilometers per hour and at least 36 hours of intermittent rains.

PAGASA said Auring is projected to make landfall over the east coast of Caraga region on Sunday morning or afternoon. It will then traverse Visayas and MIMAROPA until Monday morning.

State weather forecasters also said Auring may still re-intensify into a severe tropical storm, but it will weaken as it crosses several parts of the country. The weather disturbance is forecast to become a tropical depression by Tuesday morning.

For the next 12 hours, PAGASA warned there will be light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental, and Southern Leyte due to the tropical storm.

Rough to high seas will also be experienced over the seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1.

Meanwhile, Santo Tomas town in Davao del Norte has activated its disaster risk reduction measures in anticipation of Auring. The town is currently under a state of calamity due to severe flooding experienced in the area this week.

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Santo Tomas Municipal Administrator Elisa Evangelista-Lapiña said they are constantly communicating with the town's barangay captains to prepare their residents for the storm, such as establishing evacuation centers.

The Santo Tomas local government also sought help from neighboring towns for the distribution of relief goods for affected residents.

"We have no choice but to brace for another typhoon. As much as possible, we will provide clean water and other necessities to those who will be affected," Lapiña said in an interview on CNN Philippines' The Final Word on Friday.

As of 10 p.m, the storm was located 435 km. east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with maximum sustained winds of 85 kph near the center and gusts of up to 105 kph.