'Crising' threatens Davao del Sur

Posted at 02/19/2013 12:36 PM | Updated as of 02/19/2013 12:44 PM
MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image as of 11:01 a.m., 19 February 2013

MANILA, Philippines – Tropcial depression "Crising" has maintained its strength and is now moving closer to the southern tip of Davao del Sur, weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. Tuesday bulletin, PAGASA said Crising has maintained its strength, still packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.

As of 10 a.m., Crising was located 100 kms southeast of General Santos City.

Crising was moving west northwest at 22 kph. PAGASA forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said with this speed and direction, Crising may make landfall in the southern tip of Davao del Sur on Tuesday afternoon.

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 the Zamboanga Peninsula and the southern tip of Palawan before finally leaving the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday evening.

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.

Aurelio, meanwhile, noted that a weather disturbance entering the country in February is an unusual occurrence.

The last weather disturbance to enter PAR in February occurred in 2009 with tropical depression "Bising."