'Crising' makes landfall in Davao del Sur
MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical depression "Crising" has made landfall in the southern tip of Davao del Sur Tuesday afternoon, according to PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio.
Aurelio said Crising landed in Davao del Sur at around 1 p.m.
The state weather bureau said Crising has maintained its strength, still packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.
As of 12 noon, Crising was located 60 kms southeast of General Santos City.
Crising was moving west northwest at 22kph.
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.
Aurelio said Crising may also make landfall in Basilan and the southern tip of Palawan.
PAGASA said 5 to 15 millimeters of rains (moderate to heavy) per hour are expected within the tropical depression's 300-km diameter.
Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under signal no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.
Likewise, fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the northern and eastern seaboards of the country due to large waves. -- With a report from Robert Mano, dzMM