Tropical depression Dante maintains strength, to bring rains over parts of Mindanao

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Posted at May 30 2021 11:55 PM | Updated as of May 31 2021 08:20 AM

Tropical depression Dante maintains strength, to bring rains over parts of Mindanao 1

MANILA - Tropical depression Dante maintained its strength and is expected to bring rains over parts of Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday night.

The center of Dante, the country's fourth storm this year, was estimated to be 685 kilometers east of Davao City, packing maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center, with gusts of up to 70 kph.

It is moving northwestward at 15 kph.

PAGASA warned that from Sunday until Monday evening, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over the Caraga and Davao regions, Soccsksargen, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental due to the outer rainbands of Dante.

“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” the weather bureau warned. 

Storm signals are not likely to be raised given the present track forecast for Dante, the agency said. 

“However, given the uncertainty in its track forecast, any further westward shift in the track forecast may lead to the hoisting of TCWS (Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal) over the eastern portion of the country,” it added. 

Tropical depression Dante maintains strength, to bring rains over parts of Mindanao 2

PAGASA said there is also an increasing likelihood that Dante will further intensify into a tropical storm by Monday. It is also expected to remain over the Philippine Sea throughout the forecast period, moving generally in the same northwestward direction until Wednesday.

It will then turn north northwest by Thursday and northeastward by Friday.

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