Central Visayas residents are warned of possible floods and rain-induced landslides as Tropical Storm Auring passes through Visayas.
Local government officials of Cebu, Bohol, Negros Oriental, and Siquijor may refer to the geohazard maps provided that show the flood- and landslide-prone areas in their respective localities.
Even though Auring has slightly weakened, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5:00 a.m. weather bulletin that it will bring moderate to heavy rains in Visayas and Mindanao.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 has been raised in the Visayas as around 30 to 60 kilometers per hour (kph) of wind is expected in the next 36 hours.
MGB 7 Regional Director Armando L. Malicse urged residents in high-risk areas such as coastlines, near riverbanks and steep slopes to follow advisories on possible evacuation from their mayors or barangay officials to avoid any casualties.
“Our ultimate goal is zero casualty. The geohazard maps can greatly help and guide our officials conduct appropriate precautionary measures to achieve that,” he said.
As of Friday night, February 19, Auring’s maximum sustained winds slowed down to 75 kilometers per hour (kph) with gustiness of 105kph to 90kph near the center. (IO/MGB7)