The low pressure area (LPA) spotted earlier east of Mindanao has developed into a tropical depression as it moved towards Visayas on April 14, Friday.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) in its latest weather bulletin said that the new weather disturbance was spotted 555 km east of Maasin City, Souther Leyte as of 4 p.m. on Friday.
The LPA was named Crising as entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Crising is carrying maximum winds of up to 45 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 22 kph.
Signal No. 1 has been raised in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and northern parts of Leyte.
The state weather bureau said that storm Signal No. 1 is maybe anticipated to be raised by 8 p.m. over Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, and Biliran.
Rain with gusty winds is expected over the provinces of Samar and northern Leyte. Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rain and isolated thunderstorms, which may trigger flashfloods and landslides, are expected over the Bicol region and the rest of eastern Visayas.