MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) made landfall over the Calayan group of islands Thursday night, the state weather bureau said.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm has maintained its strength and is still moving in a west-northwest direction.
Public storm signal warning number 1 remains hoisted over the following areas:
• Calayan group of islands
• Babuyan group of islands
• Batanes group of islands
• Ilocos Norte
• Ilocos Sur
• Mt. Province
• La Union
PAGASA said heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the storm’s 500-kilometer diameter.
Residents of Regions 1, 2 and Cordilleras are warned on possible floods and landslides due to heavy rains and strong winds brought by the storm.
Dindo was spotted 115 kilometers north northwest of Laoag City as of 10 p.m.
It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning.
The weather bureau said weather condition over Mindanao is expected to improve by Friday.
The eastern section of Luzon and Visayas will experience rains until Saturday because of the storm’s effect on the southwest monsoon.
Damaged roads, bridges
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said several roads and bridges up north have been shut down or damaged by the storm.
These include the Narvacan Sulec Road in Ilocos Sur, the Bagua bridge in Ilocos Norte and the Tawi, Bagunot, and Abusag bridges in Cagayan.
In Cordillera, the Kabayan-Abatan-Buguias Road, Tabuk-Banaue Road, Sabangan bridge and Baguio Bontoc Road were closed due to landslides.
But despite the floods and road closures, NDRRMC said no one has been reported dead or missing due to the storm.
Meanwhile, another weather disturbance is being monitored by PAGASA approximately 2,000 kilometers away from Mindanao.
Weather forecaster Robert Sawi earlier said the low pressure area (LPA) is still too far to affect the country but it may intensify into a typhoon in the coming days.
Sawi added that the LPA is expected to enter the PAR by Sunday morning and will be named “Enteng.” -- With reports from ANC; Jen Nievera, ABS-CBN News Northern Luzon