19 provinces in Luzon under public storm warning-A A +A
Thursday, June 28, 2012
MANILA (3rd Update, 12:32 p.m.) -- Nineteen provinces in Northern Luzon were placed under public storm warning signals Thursday as Tropical Storm Dindo (international codename: Doksuri) threatens the extreme northern areas of the country.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa), in its 11 a.m. Thursday bulletin, said "Dindo" has maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
"Dindo" continues to move west northwest at 19 kph.
Public storm signal number 2 was raised in the provinces of Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Abra, and Mt. Province.
Pagasa said these areas might experience winds of 60 to 100 kph within the next 24 hours.
Signal number 1 was hoisted over La Union, Ilocos Sur, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Benguet, Pangasinan, and Nueva Ecija.
Winds of 30 to 60 kph are expected within the next 36 hours over these areas.
As of 10 a.m. Thursday, "Dindo" was spotted at 150 kilometers (kms) east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan.
Pagasa earlier said "Dindo" has chance to make landfall in Batanes later in the week.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 15 to 25 millimeters per hour (heavy-intense) within the 400-km diameter of the tropical storm.
Pagasa said "Dindo" is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rains over Southern Luzon and Visayas especially the western section that may trigger landslides and flash floods and possible occurrence of storm surge over the coastal areas under storm signal number 2.
Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon and Western Visayas due to the combined effects of the tropical storm and the southwest monsoon.
"Dindo" is forecast to be at 310 kms northwest of Aparri, Cagayan or 240 kms west of Basco, Batanes, by Friday morning. By Saturday morning, "Dindo" is forecast to be at 630 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.
Pagasa said "Dindo" will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Saturday morning, if it does not change its speed and present course. (Sunnex)