2013's first: 'Auring'; Signal number 1 up in Palawan

Thea Alberto-Masakayan
Yahoo! Southeast Asia Newsroom
MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 12:32 n.n., 03 January 2013 (Photo from Pagasa)

(UPDATE) The low pressure area hovering over Mindanao that has turned into a tropical depression may be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility Friday, the state weather bureau said Thursday.

"Auring", the first tropical depression of 2013, has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour, but may soon be out of PAR, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its updated 5 pm bulletin. Estimated rainfall amount would be around 5-15 mm per hour, Pagasa added.

Signal number 1 is hoisted only in Palawan and earlier declared storm signals in the Southern part of  Negros provinces and Siquijor Island, Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur and Zamboanga Sibugay have already been lowered.

Potential impact of the winds brought about by "Auring" may include broken tree twigs and branches, "unroofed nipa houses". "Auring" may also bring "significant damage to rice in flowering stage."

Pagasa says by Friday afternoon "Auring" is forecast to be at 440 km Southwest of Puerto Princesa City or may be out of the country.