ILOILO—As early as now, it may be wise for residents of towns in Northern Iloilo to start bracing for the first typhoon to hit the country this year.
Based on the latest readings of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomic Services Administration (PAG-ASA), the country’s foremost authority in forecasting weather patterns, it is highly likely for the northern part of Iloilo to be among the places affected by Typhoon Auring this weekend.
This was based on the latest Severe Weather Bulletin No. 3 released by PAG-ASA-Iloilo around 11 am this morning, February 18, which reports that Auring has increased strength and is now a Tropical Storm as it moves northwestward into the country.
There are no areas as of yet that were placed on Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) warning but that could change very soon as TCWS Signal No. 1 can be declared in the Caraga Administrative Region (CAR) and Davao Region provinces as early as tomorrow, February 19.
According to Engr. Michael Viola of the Philippine weather bureau, Auring is expected to make landfall on the northern part of CAR, specifically in Surigao Province, either on Saturday evening or early morning of Sunday.
PAGASA-Iloilo also said the storm’s trajectory went a little up north and based on their initial track, it could pass thru central Panay on Monday, February 22, at around 8 am.
Viola clarified, however, that Typhoon Auring has just entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) and thus can still change directions when it hits land.
As of 10 am today, the ‘eye of the storm’ is at 685 kilometers East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, carrying maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of 80 kph./(N. Glenn Aragon/iNews)