Tropical Storm “Dujuan” heading toward the Philippines, landfall expected over the weekend

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Tropical Storm "Dujuan" formed in the Philippine Sea at 00:00 UTC on February 18, 2021, as the first named storm of the 2021 Pacific typhoon season. Dujuan is expected to make landfall over the Caraga region as a severe tropical storm. The storm is known as Auring in the Philippines.

At 09:00 UTC on February 18, the center of Tropical Storm "Dujuan" was located about 1 450 km (905 miles) ESE of Manila, Philippines, and has tracked NW at 9 km/h (6 mph) over the past 6 hours. It had maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h (40 mph).

The storm is not expected to bring heavy rains today. However, there is an increasing likelihood of heavy rainfall affecting Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Bicol Region, CALABARZON, Davao Oriental, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Mindoro Provinces, Marinduque, Romblon, and Northern Palawan, including Calamian and Cuyo Islands over the weekend through Monday.

Residents in these areas and all disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned, especially those situated in areas identified in hazard maps to be highly or very highly susceptible to flooding and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take appropriate preparatory measures, PAGASA said.

Tropical Storm "Dujuan" at 08:20 UTC on February 18, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

While there is no locality currently under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #1, in anticipation of the arrival of strong breeze to near-gale conditions TCWS #1 may be raised over several provinces of Caraga and Davao Region as early as tomorrow, which may result in disruption of maritime activities.

In the next 24 hours, rough to very rough seas (2.8 – 5.0 m / 9 – 16 feet) will be experienced over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao due to the surge of the Northeast Monsoon and Dujuan. Sea travel is risky over these areas, especially for mariners of small seacrafts. 

Moderate to rough seas (1.2 – 3.1 m / 3.9 – 12.8 feet) will be experienced over the rest of the seaboards of the country. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions.

On the forecast track, Tropical Storm "Dujuan" may intensify into a severe tropical storm prior to landfall over Caraga on Saturday evening or Sunday morning (LT).

Featured image: ​Tropical Storm "Dujuan" at 08:20 UTC on February 18, 2021. Credit: JMA/Himawari-8, RAMMB/CIRA, TW

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