'Crising' to make landfall in Davao Oriental

Posted at 02/19/13 7:21 AM

PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 9:32 a.m., 19 February 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical depression "Crising" has accelerated and is expected to make landfall in Davao Oriental, weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday morning.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Crising has maintained its strength, still packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.

As of 4 a.m., Crising was spotted 310 kms east of General Santos City.

Crising has accelerated and is now moving west northwest at 22 kph. PAGASA forecaster Buddy Javier told radio dzMM that with this speed and direction, the tropical depression will hit the southern tip of Davao Oriental by Tuesday afternoon.

Javier said Crising is also forecast to make landfall in Davao del Sur on Tuesday night, and Zamboanga Peninsula on Wednesday morning.

Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Samal Island, Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, southern part of Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, North Cotabato, Maguindanao, Sultan Kudarat, South Cotabato, Sarangani, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, and Zamboanga Sibugay.

PAGASA said 5 to 15 millimeters of rains (moderate to heavy) per hour are expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.

The weather bureau advised residents in areas under signal no.1 to watch out for possible flashfloods and landslides.

Likewise, fishing boats and small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of the country due to large waves.