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Crising weakens into LPA

Danny Dangcalan, Helen Flores (The Philippine Star) - May 15, 2021 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Tropical Storm Crising weakened into a low-pressure area yesterday, but continued to dump rains over parts of Mindanao, the state weather bureau said.

As of 10 a.m., the low-pressure area was spotted in the vicinity of Piagapo, Lanao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

PAGASA lifted all tropical cyclone wind signals as of 11 a.m.

However, the weather system will continue to bring light to moderate, to at times heavy, rains over the Zamboanga peninsula, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao City, Davao del Sur, Cotabato, Maguindanao, Bukidnon, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur and Misamis Occidental in the next 24 hours.

The agency continued to warn residents of these areas to prepare for possible floods and rain-induced landslides.

The weather disturbance was expected to move west or west-northwest toward the Sulu Sea in the next six to 12 hours.

PAGASA weather specialist Ana Clauren said they were looking at two scenarios for the low-pressure area: either it will exit the Philippine area of responsibility through the Sulu Sea, or it will cross Palawan tomorrow.

“It is likely to move toward the Sulu Sea, but it may also cross Palawan on Sunday and bring scattered rains over the area before it dissipates,” Clauren said.

She said apart from the low-pressure area, no other weather disturbance was seen to affect the country in the next three to five days.

Crising was the third tropical cyclone to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this year.

It intensified into a storm before hitting the landmass of Baganga, Davao Oriental on Thursday night.

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