MANILA, Philippines - The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) is monitoring another low pressure area, which is already gaining momentum and could enter the country by Sunday.
At this point, however, tropical storm “Dindo” is still bringing strong rains and winds over the northern part of the country.
In a press conference, the state weather forecaster said Storm Signal No. 2 remains over:
- Calayan Group of Islands
- Babuyan Group of Islands
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Mt. Province
Storm Signal No. 1, meanwhile, has covered more provinces as of 10:00 a.m.:
- La Union
- Ilocos Sur
- Nueva Vizcaya
- Nueva Ecija
PAGASA Administrator Nathaniel Servando said “Dindo” will not anymore grow stronger as it moves towards land area, but is still expected to bring more rains with its interaction with the southwest monsoon.
“We don’t see storm warnings reach signal 3…It may grow weak,” he said.
“Dindo” was last seen 150 kilometers East Northeast of Aparri, Cagayan. It is packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 90 kph.
Rainfall is estimated at 15 to 25 millimeters per hour, which is considered “heavy-intense.”
Dams are continuously being monitored, most especially Magat Dam. All dams, however, have not reached critical levels and are still “below normal high.”
“Dindo” is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday morning.
PAGASA is also on the lookout for another tropical cyclone formation, which may enter the country by Sunday.
If it enters the PAR, it will be called “Enteng.”
Chief weather forecaster Robert Sawi said this low pressure area is “riskier.” He said the area of formation is lower. Thus, the probability of hitting land is higher.
At this point, it is also gaining power since it is surrounded by water “making it conducive to forming a tropical cyclone,” Servando added.