‘Auring’ intensifies into a severe tropical storm

�Auring� intensifies into a severe tropical storm
Satellite image on Feb. 19, 2021, 11:45 a.m. shows Severe Tropical Storm Auring
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MANILA, Philippines — Weather disturbance Auring (international name: Dujuan) has intensified into a severe tropical storm Friday morning as it moves slowly over the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao, PAGASA said.

The weather bureau in its latest bulletin said Auring, the first storm to hit the country, was seen at 535 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 10 a.m. Friday.

Auring now has a strength of 95 kph maximum sustained winds and gustiness of up to 115 kph as it moves southwestward.

PAGASA said Auring will head generally westward or west southwestward slowly over the next 24 hours before turning northwestward Saturday morning.

It is projected to make landfall over the eastern coast of Caraga on Sunday morning and traverse the region as well as Visayas and MIMAROPA.

The tropical cyclone is expected to weaken while crossing the archipelago due to “significant terrain interaction and dry air intrusion from the northeast monsoon.”

Meanwhile, Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 1, which means winds of 30 to 60 kilometers per hour or intermittent rains may be experienced within 36 hours, is still hoisted over the following areas:

  • Davao Oriental
  • eastern portion of Davao de Oro (Pantukan, Maragusan, New Bataan, Compostela, Monkayo)
  • southeastern portion of Agusan del Sur (San Francisco, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, Santa Josefa)
  • southern portion of Surigao del Sur (Bayabas, Cagwait, Marihatag, San Agustin, Lianga, Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, Bislig City and Lingig)

More areas in Caraga and Davao region may be placed under TCWS No. 1 in the next bulletin, which will be issued at 5 a.m.


Light to moderate with at times heavy rainshowers will affect Caraga, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro and Davao del Norte until early Saturday afternoon.

Between Saturday afternoon and Sunday morning, Auring will dump heavy to intense rains over Caraga while moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains over eastern Visayas, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental and Davao de Oro. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over the rest of Visayas, rest of northern Mindanao, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Lanao del Sur, Cotabato and Davao City.

Forecast positions

  • 24 hour (Saturday morning): 405 km east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur
  • 48 hour (Sunday morning):100 km east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte
  • 72 hour (Monday morning): In the vicinity of Nabas, Aklan
  • 96 hour (Tuesday morning): 300 km west of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro
  • 120 hour (Wednesday morning): 365 km west of Subic, Zambales

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As It Happens
LATEST UPDATE: February 24, 2021 - 11:42am

Follow this thread for updates on Auring, the first tropical cyclone to enter the Philippines this year. (Main photo: JMA)

February 24, 2021 - 11:42am

The number of missing residents due to tropical cyclone Auring grows to four, according to the NDRRMC.

Search and rescue operations for the missing persons from a capsized boat in Surigao del Norte are ongoing.

The NDRRMC also records 1 death due to drowning and two injured — one due to galvanized iron sheets and the other struck by lightning.

February 22, 2021 - 2:37pm

"Auring" weakens into a low pressure area as it moves towards the eastern coast of Albay.

State weather bureau PAGASA says the weather disturbance may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours.

At 1 p.m., it was located over the coastal waters of Rapu-Rapu, Albay.

February 22, 2021 - 11:41am

Tropical Depression Auring has made landfall over Batag Island in Laoang, Northern Samar at 9 a.m., PAGASA says.

At 9:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression #AuringPH made landfall over Batag Island, Laoang, Northern Samar.

Posted by Dost_pagasa on Sunday, 21 February 2021
February 22, 2021 - 7:14am

Tropical Depression Auring is expected to make landfall over the Dinagat Islands-Eastern Samar-Leyte area in the next 6 to 12 hours.

State weather bureau PAGASA says the weather disturbance is likely to further weaken before it makes landfall due to persistent high vertical wind shear brought about by the northeast monsoon or amihan.

At 4 a.m., Auring was located 195 km east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte with winds of 45 kph and gusts of up to 55 kph. It is moving west northwestward at 15 kph.

February 20, 2021 - 5:36pm

PAGASA says Tropical Storm Auring has slightly weakened while moving northwestward.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, the eye of Auring was spotted 440 kilometers east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. 

Moving northwestward at 15 kilometers per hour, it has maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

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