Tropical Depression Dante maintains strength


Posted at May 02 2009 09:36 AM | Updated as of May 02 2009 05:36 PM

Tropical depression "Dante" remained almost stationary as it moves very slowly near Sorsogon and Albay provinces, weather bureau PAGASA said Saturday.

Signal No. 1 remained hoisted over the provinces of Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Masbate, Burias Island, Northern Samar and southern part of Quezon.

PAGASA said its weather satellite spotted "Dante" in the vicinity of Sorsogon or 80 kilometers east souteast of Legaspi City. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour and was "almost stationary."

It's forecast to remain in the Bicol area until Tuesday morning.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said tropical depression "Crising" has weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) as it entered the South China Sea on Saturday.

It was 220 kilometers away from Puerte Princesa City in Palawan province.

PAGASA cautioned disaster coordinating units and residents in the affected areas of "Dante" and LPA "Crising" to remain on alert for possible flashfloods and landslide triggered by heavy rains.

Meanwhile, radio dzMM reported that one person has died after flashflood hit Talisay town in Camarines Norte on Friday.

Authorities said at least 4,000 families may be evacuated if rains continued in Camarines Norte. Disaster coordinating officials in the province said they are closely monitoring the water level of Labo River.

On Thursday, 400 families have been evacuated from eight villages in Lucena City, Quezon province due to floods caused by rains brought on by "Crising."