Crising weakens into tropical depression, makes landfall in Davao Oriental

(1st UPDATE) PAGASA says Crising hit Baganga, Davao Oriental, as a tropical depression on Thursday evening, May 13. It is seen to gradually weaken further.


Crising weakened from a tropical storm into a tropical depression at 8 pm on Thursday, May 13, then made landfall in Baganga, Davao Oriental, at 8:20 pm.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced Crising’s landfall shortly before 9 pm – initially cited as a tropical storm – then later said in its 11 pm bulletin that Crising had weakened before hitting land.

As of late Thursday evening, Crising was already in the vicinity of New Bataan, Davao de Oro, moving west at 20 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Its maximum sustained winds decreased to 55 km/h, while its gustiness is at up to 90 km/h.

With Crising returning to tropical depression status, Signal No. 2 was lifted as of 11 pm on Thursday. The following areas are under Signal No. 1:

  • southeastern part of Negros Oriental (Dumaguete City, Valencia, Sibulan, Santa Catalina, Siaton, Zamboanguita, Dauin, Bacong)
  • Siquijor
  • southern part of Surigao del Sur (Barobo, Tagbina, Hinatuan, Bislig City, Lingig)
  • central and southern parts of Agusan del Sur (Esperanza, San Francisco, Talacogon, San Luis, Rosario, Bunawan, Trento, La Paz, Loreto, Veruela, Santa Josefa)
  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao City
  • northern part of Cotabato (Magpet, Arakan, Antipas, President Roxas, Matalam, Kidapawan City, Kabacan, Carmen, Banisilan, Alamada)
  • northern part of Maguindanao (Buldon, Barira, Matanog)
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Bukidnon
  • central and western parts of Misamis Oriental (Claveria, Balingasag, Lagonglong, Jasaan, Villanueva, Tagoloan, Cagayan de Oro City, Opol, El Salvador City, Alubijid, Laguindingan, Gitagum, Libertad, Initao, Naawan, Manticao, Lugait)
  • northeastern part of Zamboanga del Sur (Midsalip, Sominot, Dumingag, Molave, Mahayag, Josefina, Tambulig, Ramon Magsaysay, Aurora, Tukuran, Labangan)
  • northeastern part of Zamboanga del Norte (Sergio Osmeña Sr., Katipunan, President Manuel A. Roxas, Jose Dalman, Manukan, Dipolog City, Polanco, Piñan, Mutia, Dapitan City, Sibutad, Rizal, La Libertad)

The seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1 will also have moderate to rough waters on Friday, with waves 1.2 to 3.5 meters high.

PAGASA advised small vessels and “inexperienced mariners” not to venture out to sea.

The state weather bureau also warned that Crising may still cause rain on Friday, May 14, especially in mountainous areas of the following provinces:

  • Davao Oriental
  • Davao de Oro
  • Davao del Norte
  • Davao City
  • Cotabato
  • Maguindanao
  • Bukidnon
  • Lanao del Norte
  • Lanao del Sur
  • Misamis Occidental
  • Zamboanga del Sur
  • northern part of Zamboanga del Norte

Isolated to scattered floods and landslides may occur during periods of heavy rain.

Crising will continue to cross Mindanao on Friday, while gradually weakening “due to interaction with the rugged terrain,” said PAGASA.

The tropical depression would then emerge over the Sulu Sea on Friday evening, then possibly make its second landfall in Palawan on Saturday afternoon, May 15.

Before or during Crising’s possible second landfall in Palawan on Saturday, it may weaken further into a remnant low, then dissipate soon after.

But PAGASA said there is also “an increasing possibility that Crising will degenerate into a remnant low at a much earlier period” – such as while crossing Mindanao.

Crising is the Philippines’ third tropical cyclone for 2021 and the first for May.

For the next 6 months, PAGASA estimates the following number of tropical cyclones inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility:

  • May – 0 or 1
  • June – 1 or 2
  • July – 1 to 3
  • August – 2 or 3
  • September – 2 or 3
  • October – 2 or 3

The Philippines gets around 20 tropical cyclones each year.

Article by Rappler — Reporting by Patricia Elise Monsod / AdChoiceTV News

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