MANILA, Philippines – All storm warning signals have been lifted as tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) continues to move away from the Philippines, the state weather bureau said on Friday morning.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Dindo is now over the West Philippine Sea. It was last spotted 215 kilometers west northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte.
PAGASA forecaster Buddy Javier, in an interview on radio dzMM’s Kabayan, said Dindo may exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. Friday, if it maintains its west northwest movement and speed of 19 kilometers per hour (kph).
Dindo was packing maximum winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph.
Javier said even if Dindo continues to move away from the country, rains are still expected over parts of central and southern Luzon; and Visayas as the storm enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat).
Because of the presence of monsoon rains, PAGASA said a gale warning remains over all the seaboards of Luzon.
“Sa mga nabanggit na lugar, bawal pa din maglayag ang mga maliliit na sasakyang pandagat at fishing boats,” Javier said.
The weather bureau said sea conditions were rough in these areas.
It said the western and southern seaboards of Luzon will experience scattered to widespread rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 5.0 meters high.
The northern and eastern seaboards of Luzon, on the other hand, will experience scattered rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 4.5 meters high.
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.
Javier said another potential cyclone is also forming near Guam area and may enter PAR by Monday.
It will be named “Enteng” once it enters PAR and develop into a cyclone.
“Sa ngayon nag-oorganize pa lang siya,” Javier said.
“Kapag nakapasok sa PAR, ie-expect pa mga 2 to 3 days para makaapekto sa anumang parte ng bansa," he added.