By Marisol Bo-oc | 12:50 PM May 13, 2021
Storm signal no. 2 was raised in parts of Mindanao as tropical depression Crising intensified into a tropical storm, the state weather bureau Pagasa said Thursday morning, May 13.
Pagasa said the country’s third storm this year was last estimated 330 kilometers east of Davao City at 10 a.m., moving west at 10 km per hour while packing maximum winds of 65 kph near the center with gusts of up to 80 kph, Pagasa said in its 8 a.m. advisory.
It will bring moderate to heavy rains over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, and Davao del Norte, it added.
Crising is expected to hit land over the Davao Oriental-Surigao del Sur area between Thursday night and early Friday, according to the weather bureau.
It is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression as it traverses the rugged landmass of Mindanao on Friday, Pagasa said.
The storm will further weaken into a low pressure area after it emerges over the Sulu Sea early Saturday prior to leaving the Philippine area of responsibility on Sunday, it added.
With Crising intensifying, Signal No. 2 has been raised in parts of Mindanao, in addition to Signal No. 1.
Signal No. 2 (61 to 120 km/h)
southern part of Surigao del Sur (Lingig, Bislig City)
southeastern part of Agusan del Sur (Trento, Santa Josefa)
northern part of Davao Oriental (Boston, Cateel, Baganga)
northeastern part of Davao de Oro (Compostela, Montevista, Monkayo, New Bataan)
Signal No. 1 (30 to 60 km/h)
rest of Surigao del Sur
rest of Agusan del Sur
rest of Davao Oriental
rest of Davao de Oro
Davao del Norte
eastern part of Bukidnon (Impasug-ong, Malaybalay City, Cabanglasan, San Fernando, Quezon, Valencia City, Lantapan, Maramag, Dangcagan, Kitaotao, Don Carlos, Kibawe, Damulog)
Pagasa said gale-force winds are expected in areas under Signal No. 2, while strong breeze to near-gale conditions will be experienced in areas under Signal No. 1.
Aside from winds, Crising will also trigger rain which may cause isolated to scattered floods and landslides between Thursday and Friday morning, May 14.
Moderate to heavy rain:
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Sur
Davao de Oro
Davao del Norte
Meanwhile, the eastern seaboard of Mindanao will have moderate to rough seas in the next 24 hours, with waves 1.2 to 3 meters high.
Pagasa advised small vessels and “inexperienced mariners” not to venture out to sea.