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Dumaguete City, PhilippinesTuesday, February 19, 2013
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4 provinces under
storm signal 1

At least four provinces in Mindanao were placed under public storm warning signal no. 1 yesterday as the low pressure area developed into a tropical depression that weathermen named “Crising”.

This is the third weather disturbance to enter the country this year, the state weather bureau said in a government press release. The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostella Valley have been placed under signal 1.

It added that “Crising” may bring rainfall of five to 15mm per hour, or moderate to heavy, within the 300-kilometer diameter. It advised residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals to be on alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said “Crising” was estimated at 750 km east of General Santos City as of 4 p.m., packed with maximum sustained winds of 45kph near the center, and was moving west northwest at 19kph.

It is expected to make a landfall tomorrow morning at the southern tip of Davao Oriental, and out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday or Saturday.

In its advisory, PAGASA said Eastern Visayas and the regions of CARAGA, Davao and SOCCSKSARGEN will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rain showers and thunder storms which may trigger flash floods and landslides. Bicol and the rest of the Visayas and of Mindanao will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms.

PAGASA also warned owners of fishing boats and other small seacrafts not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of the country and over the northern seaboard of Luzon due to strong to gale force northeasterly surface wind flow.*PNA

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