MANILA, Philippines – Storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over 10 areas in northern Luzon as tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) maintains its strength as it moves towards north Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday.
In its latest weather bulletin issued on Thursday morning, PAGASA last spotted Dindo 260 kilometers (kms) east of Aparri, Cagayan.
The storm maintained its strength, packing winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph. It was moving west northwest at 19 kph.
It is expected to dump an estimated rainfall of 15 to 25 millimeter per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400 kms diameter.
Storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over the following areas:
- Calayan Group of Islands
- Babuyan Group of Islands
- Batanes Group of Islands
- Ilocos Norte
- Mt. Province
Likewise, storm signal 1 remains up in the following areas:
- La Union
- Ilocos Sur
- Nueva Vizcaya
PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong particularly warned residents of strong winds and flooding in Cagayan province, where the eye of the storm is expected to hit between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. today.
The storm’s eye will also hit Calayan Group of Islands between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Dindo is expected to be 190 kms north northwest of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday morning.
Rains are still expected over the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as the storm enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat).
PAGASA also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of central and southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.
The weather bureau said sea conditions were rough in these areas.
It said the seaboards of central Luzon will experience scattered rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 5.0 meters high.
The seaboards of southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas, on the other hand, will experience occasional to frequent rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 4.5 meters high.