'Dindo' exits Philippines; new potential storm spotted-A A +A
Friday, June 29, 2012
MANILA (3rd Update, 1:53 p.m.) -- Expect good weather this weekend as the weather bureau reported on Friday that Tropical Storm Dindo (international codename: Doksuri) already left the Philippine territory and is now heading toward southern China.
As of 10 a.m. Friday, "Dindo" was spotted at 380 kilometers west northwest of Laoag City, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
Weather forecaster Ricky Fabregas said the storm was monitored moving out of the country between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, adding that the 11 a.m. advisory is the final bulletin on this weather disturbance.
Fabregas, however, said the southwest monsoon enhanced by "Dindo" would still bring occasional rains over Western Luzon and Western Visayas that may trigger landslides and flash floods.
With this, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said a gale warning remains over all the seaboards of Luzon. Fishermen in these areas are advised not to venture out into the sea due to big waves.
Meanwhile, Fabregas said Pagasa has spotted another potential cyclone forming near Guam area and may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) next week.
"Based on the models so far, nasa Caroline Island ito sa Guam; nasa 1,800 kilometers to 2,000 kilometers ang layo sa bansa (the distance from the country). Ini-expect natin na papasok ito sa (We’re expecting it to enter) PAR by Monday," Fabregas said.
He said that once it enters the country and develops into a storm, it will be locally named "Enteng," the country's fifth tropical cyclone this year.
In the meantime, suspension of all small-scale mining operations in Benguet remained Friday.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said several roads and bridges in northern Luzon are still closed or are hardly passable due to massive landslides and flash floods brought about by Tropical Storm Dindo, which made landfall over the Islands of Calayan Thursday night.
Closed roads and bridges include the Baguio-Bontoc Road (K0390+300, Tiktik Section); Kabayan-Buguias-Abayan Road KM 355+100 (Alapang Section), Benguet; Sabangan Bridge-Baguio-Bontoc Road Km 347+400 Sabangan Section; Mt. Province-Calanan Road, K0443+620; Tabuk-Banaue road, K0536+600; Narvacan-Sulvec Road (Secondary National Road) Km 379+020 to Km 379+160, Ilocos Sur; San Emilio-Quirino Road, Ilocos Sur; Buagao Bridge Detour; Manila North Road (MNR) Km 579+100; Manila North Road (MNR) Km 579+100; MNR Km 536+500; Garasgas Bridge Km 471-839; Tagudin-Cervantes Road; Magapit Suspension Bridge, Lallo, Cagayan; and Bagunot Overflow Bridge and Abusag Overflow Bridge. (PNA/Sunnex)