8 Luzon areas under storm signal no. 2-A A +A
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
MANILA (4th Update, 5:25 p.m.) -- Storm signal number 2 is hoisted over eight areas in northern Luzon as Tropical Storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) continues to move west northwest of the country, the state weather bureau announced Wednesday afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) placed Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga and Mt.Province under storm signal number 2.
The provinces of Ilocos Norte, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, Quirino, and Benguet are placed under storm signal number 1.
In its 5 p.m. Wednesday weather bulletin, Pagasa said Dindo moves closer to northern Luzon at 19 kilometers per hour (kph), with winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph.
Dindo is spotted 430 km east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora, by 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, Pagasa said.
After exiting the Philippines by Friday morning, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration and the Japanese Meteorological Agency forecast the storm to skirt the coast of China this weekend.
For its part, weather website accuweather.com suggested that Doksuri, which means raptor in Korean, will continue to move westward and make landfall in the vicinity of Hong Kong by Friday night or Saturday.
"Locally heavy rainfall will occur across parts of the Philippines through at least Thursday, when the center is expected to pass just north of Luzon and to the south of Taiwan," accuweather.com meteorologist Eric Leister said.
According to Pagasa, Dindo is expected to be 190 km east northeast of Tuguegarao, Cagayan by Thursday afternoon, 210 km west northwest of Basco, Batanes, by Friday afternoon and 620 km northwest of Basco by Saturday afternoon.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 15–25 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 400 km diameter of the storm.
The storm is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao especially the western section which may trigger landslides and flashfloods.
Residents in these areas are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are also advised not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Visayas. (Virgil Lopez/Sunnex)