'Crising' to leave PAR on Friday

Posted at 02/21/13 7:25 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Tropical depression "Crising" is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 a.m. Thursday bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical depression is now in the vicinity of Balabac, Palawan.

Crising is still packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center. It has also maintained its west-northwest direction at 15 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 1 remains hoisted over southern Palawan.

Crising is expected to be 490 kms southwest of Puerto Princesa City or 320 kms west of Balabac, Palawan or outside PAR by Friday morning.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 - 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) over southern Palawan.

PAGASA warned residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas in southern Palawan to watch out for flashfloods and landslides.

Likewise, fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and southern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of central Luzon and Visayas.

The death toll from Crising has risen to two, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

The NDRRMC said both fatalities, Francisco Digaynon and Erwin Campana, drowned in Compostela Valley.

Two people were also reported missing. They were identified as Percelo Apolinario and Suden Abdullah.

The NDRRMC said 3,950 sought refuge in evacuation centers in Mindanao. At least 120,269 residents were affected by the tropical depression.