Residents in Cagayan de Oro were roused from their sleep early today January 3, 2013 at past midnight (around 2:00AM) as a Low Pressure Area (LPA) brought heavy rains over the city and in the hinterlands.
The LPA which has now progressed into a tropical cyclone “Auring” was spotted by PAGASA to be in the vicinity of Sta. Josefa town in Agusan del Sur during that time. Memories of “Sendong” and “Pablo” again flashed back into the memories of local residents. The rains poured for almost three hours just before sunrise. By daylight, the cloudy skies started to clear and the hot sun showed.
From the NOAH website taken this afternoon, water levels rose in all stream gauge stations as shown below. Interestingly, Bubunawan River’s highest level was measured at 8:10 AM when the city was having sunlight.
Cagayan de Oro River at the bridge measured highest at 4:00AM or the same time when the rains fell.
Iponan River measured at San Simon Bridge also showed a high level mark at 9:50AM. This means that while the city was enjoying the sun, hinterlands in the Iponan watershed areas are experiencing rain.
Meanwhile, rain gauges shown below show almost similar rise in rainfall in between 2:00AM-4:00AM.
The LPA has since developed into “Auring” as it approached Palawan. Except for intermediate flooding in canals and creeks during the downpour, there were no untoward incidents so far.