Tropical Storm 'Dante' slowly moves away from Bicol


Posted at May 03 2009 08:16 PM | Updated as of May 04 2009 05:26 AM

Tropical storm Dante (international codename Kujira) is slowly moving away from the eastern seaboard of Bicol, the weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) said in its 5 p.m. weather bulletin Sunday.

Dante was estimated, based on satellite and surface data, at 110 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum sustained winds of 95 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

The weather disturbance is forecast to move east northeast at 7 kph, and will bring stormy weather with rough to very rough seas in Catanduanes, which is under public storm warning signal number 2.

Rains and gusty winds, meanwhile, will be experienced in the Camarines provinces, Albay, Masbate and Burias Island, southern Quezon and Polillo Islands, which are now all under storm signal number one.

Public storm warning signals elsewhere are now lowered, PAGASA said.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under storm signals number 2 and 1 are alerted against flashfloods and landslides.

By Monday afternoon, the weather disturbance is estimated to be 300 km east northeast of Virac, and at around 670 km northeast of Virac or 810 km east of Casiguran, Aurora by Tuesday afternoon.

By Wednesday afternoon, Dante is estimated to be 1,220 km east of Aparri, Cagayan.

"The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 P.M. today (Sunday)," the bulletin stated.

The rest of southern Luzon, Visayas, and western and northern Mindanao was expected to have mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms, the bulletin stated.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy, with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, said PAGASA in its latest forecast.