'Auring' maintains strength, heads out of PAR

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Posted at Jan 04 2013 02:20 PM | Updated as of Jan 05 2013 07:00 PM

PAGASA MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 1:32 p.m., 04 January 2013

MANILA, Philippines -- Tropical storm "Auring" has maintained its strength as it moves outside of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), state weather bureau PAGASA said on Friday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Auring is still packing maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

It was located 330 kilometers southwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan.

Auring, which had triggered flooding in some parts of northern Mindanao, was moving west at 28 kph.

PAGASA said public storm warning signal no. 1 remains hoisted over southern Palawan, where Auring made landfall Friday morning.

PAGASA said with this speed and direction, Auring will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility Saturday morning.

"Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods," PAGASA said.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of northern and central Luzon and the western seaboards of southern Luzon due to the northeast monsoon (amihan).

Estimated rainfall is 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy - intense) within the storm's 300-km diameter.

New cyclone

A new cluster of clouds over the Pacific Ocean is expected to intensify into a low pressure area (LPA) and possibly a cyclone, PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong earlier said.

The cluster of clouds, according to Quitlong, may enter PAR as early as Saturday.

The potential cyclone is forecast to hit typhoon-battered Mindanao again. Quitlong explained that the current orientation of the sun has created conditions favorable to the formation of cyclones in the waters off the region.

"Kung magpapatuloy [ang galaw nito], sa east ng Mindanao [ito tatama]. Kasi malakas ang amihan so hindi maka-angat itong mga kaulapan na ito," Quitlong said.

"Sa Luzon, naaapektuhan tayo ng amihan, malamig ang dagat, malamig ang hangin, kaya hindi nabubuo ang LPA." -- With a report from Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com