Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, February 22) — All storm signals were lifted on Monday afternoon as Tropical Depression Auring (international name: Dujuan) further weakened into a low pressure area, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Auring weakened into an LPA at 11 a.m. as it crossed Rapu-Rapu Islands in Albay, just two hours after it made landfall over Batag Island in Northern Samar, PAGASA said in its 2 p.m. bulletin.
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 1 previously hoisted over parts of Luzon and Visayas was also lifted. However, the northeast monsoon will continue to bring strong breeze conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Aurora and Quezon.
As of 4 p.m., PAGASA said the LPA was estimaterd to be 50km west southwest of Legazpi City, Albay.
The LPA is forecast to move northwestward to westward and may traverse Bicol Region, southern Quezon, Marinduque, and northern Mindoro in the next 24 hours. The weather disturbance may dissipate while traversing Southern Luzon, PAGASA added.
Prior to landfall, Auring brought heavy rains that triggered floods, and strong winds that damaged houses in parts of Visayas and Mindanao over the past few days, prompting tens of thousands of affected residents to seek refuge in shelters.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management said Monday that over 16,000 families from Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, and Caraga region underwent pre-emptive evacuation. At least 179 houses were damaged in these regions
Office of Civil Defense-Caraga Regional Director Liza Mazo said over 13,000 families or 50,000 persons in the region sought shelter in over 300 evacuation centers. Auring flooded villages in low-lying communities in some areas, including Surigao del Sur.
“Mayroon pa ring tubig baha sa parts of Surigao del Sur (Floodwater remains in parts of Surigao del Sur) but it is subsiding,” she told CNN Philippines.
She estimated over 200,000 residents were affected by Auring, but all have access to electricity so far.
Meanwhile, 40 domestic Philippine Airlines’ flights were also canceled from February 19 to 22 due to the weather system.
At least 2,931 passengers in seaports in Central and Eastern Visayas also remain stranded to date, the NDRRMC added.
Classes in all levels in private and public schools, as well as government work in parts of Visayas and Mindanao were also suspended on Monday due to the weather system.