BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Auring has now intensified in tropical storm, the latest weather bulletin from weather bureau PAGASA said.
There are no current Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals, the report added.
Tropical Storm Auring is seen to move generally westward to west-northwestward through the forecast period, with an increase in speed tomorrow as it turn more west-northwestward.
On the forecast track, Auring may intensify into severe tropical storm prior to landfall over Caraga on Saturday evening or Sunday morning.
As this developed, Negros Occidental Governor Eugenio Jose has placed the entire province on heightened alert as Tropical Storm Auring threatens the area.
The governor, in a directive dated 17 February 2021, called on risk disaster management organizations for “proactive measures” against Auring. Preparation include emergency/evacuation plan, initiation of “appropriate precautionary actions for possible fooding, flooding, or landslides; ensure that waterways are clear, review of contingency plans; and mitigation of possible risk areas of responsibility.
The DRRMOs are also asked to place their respective Operation Centers on Heightened Alert.
All District hospitals are also advised to be placed on Heightened Alert to ensure preparedness of all district hospitals.