Storm signals up in Mindanao as 'Crising' makes landfall

The lowest public storm warning signal remained hoisted over several Mindanao provinces hours after tropical depression "Crising" made landfall Tuesday, the state weather bureau said.

In a 5 p.m. update, The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the provinces of Davao del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, and Compostela Valley have been placed under storm signal number 1.

Under the same warning signal are the southern tip of Surigao del Sur, Samal Island, 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, Sulu and Tawi-Tawi.

These areas, Pagasa said, are set to experience winds as strong as 45 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) within the next 36 hours.

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"Tropical Depression 'Crising' has made landfall at about 1 p.m.," Pagasa weather forecaster Gener Quitlong confirmed.
 
Crising was last spotted at about 80 kilometers southwest of General Santos City, packing winds up to 45 kph near the center as it moves west northwestward at 24 kph.

With this speed, Crising is expected to be at 60 kilometers southweast of Zamboanga City by Wednesday morning, Quitlong said.

He added that should its strength and speed remain the same, Crising may be at about 250 kilometers west of Zamboanga City by Wednesday afternoon and at 500 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City by Thursday afternoon.

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"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the Northern, Eastern and Southern seaboards of Luzon, the Central and Eastern seaboards of Visayas and Eastern seaboard of Mindanao," Pagasa said.

It meanwhile raised a yellow rainfall alert in provinces in Caraga, Davao, and Northern Mindanao regions as well as Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.

The provinces of North Cotabato, South Cotabato, Sarangani, General Santos, and Sultan Kudarat will experience moderate to heavy or 5 to 15 mm of rainfall per hour, Pagasa noted.

Bad weather brought by "Crising" has also led to the cancellation of at least 23 domestic flights including 11 from Cebu Pacific, six from Air Philippines, four from Philippine Airlines, and two from Zest Airways:
 
Cebu Pacific
5J 382 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
5J 383 Manila-Cagayan de Oro
5J 384 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
5J 395 Manila-Cagayan de Oro
5J 396 Cagayan de Oro-Manila
5J 617 Manila-Tagbilaran
5J 618 Tagbilaran-Manila
5J 625 Manila-Dumaguete
5J 626 Dumaguete-Manila
5J 771 Manila-Pagadian
5J 772 Pagadian-Manila
 
Air Philippines
2P 545 Manila-Dumaguete
2P 546 Dumaguete-Manila
2P 939 Manila-Osamis
2P 940 Osamis-Manila
2P 959 Manila-Cotabato
2P 960 Cotabato-Manila
 
Philippine Airlines:
PR 173 Manila-Tagbilaran
PR 174 Tagbilaran-Manila
PR 175 Manila-Tagbilaran
PR 176 Tagbilaran-Manila
 
Zest Airways:
Z2 350 Manila-Tagbilaran
Z2 351 Tagbilaran-Manila

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