Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Tropical Depression 02W (Crising) Update #1

Issued (11 UTC) 7pm PhT 021913

Tropical Depression 02W (Bagyong Crising) is nearing the Zamboanga Peninsula.The center of the storm was last located approximately 140km east southeast of Zamboanga City. Maximum sustained winds are at 45kph with gusts of up to 65kph. TD 02W is moving west northwestward at 25kph.

As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 to Southern Palawan, 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, Zamboanga Sibugay, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Please note that while many provinces in Visayas are not in any Signal Warnings, much of the rains associated with 02W/Crising will be falling this region so remain alert and vigilant for the possibility of flash floods and landslides in your area.

As seen on the satellite image above, widespread rains are currently impacting the islands in Visayas. Rains are still lingering over Mindanao although the worst part seems to be over. As much as 150mm of rain were reported falling in the past 24 hours especially in Surigao, Agusan, and Bukidnon areas.

Cebu Doppler Radar Image

Widespread rains are currently affecting Samar, Leyte, Bohol, Cebu, Negros, and nearby islands. Areas here could see up to 150mm of rain tonight and into tomorrow. Light rains have also begun to move into Luzon particularly in the Bicol Region. Southern Luzon could see light rains tomorrow including parts of CALABARZON and Metro Manila. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts, please click HERE (ClimateX PH).

Tropical Depression 02W (Crising) will continue moving west northwestward eventually moving into the Sulu Sea by tomorrow. We are not expecting significant intensification due to the overall disorganized appearance of this system. However, rains will continue to impact much of the Philippines over the next few days.

We'll have another update tomorrow.

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