MANILA (UPDATE) - Tropical Depression Dodong is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Wednesday, weather bureau Pagasa said.
"'Yung general direction niya pa-hilaga, palayo sa ating kalupaan at 'yung estimate po natin posibleng lumabas ito ng ating area of responsibility ngayon ding araw," said weather specialist Benison Estareja.
(Its general direction is north, moving away from our landmass and our estimate is it might leave our area of responsibility within the day.)
As of 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dodong was spotted 755 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes. It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 60 kph.
It is forecast to exit PAR on Wednesday night if it continues to move north at 30kph.
Meanwhile, a low pressure area was spotted 435 kms west-northwest of Coron, Palawan at 3 p.m., but the state weather bureau said it may dissolve within the next 12 to 24 hours.
Another brewing storm was sighted outside PAR at 1,680 kms east of Mindanao. PAGASA said the LPA has low chances of developing into a tropical depression, but it will enter PAR by the weekend.
Pagasa said the southwest monsoon is expected to bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains to Ilocos region, Cordillera, Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Bicol on Wednesday.
Residents in flood and landslide-prone areas are advised to take precautionary measures and coordinate with their respective local disaster risk reduction and management offices.
Meanwhile, La Mesa Dam in Quezon City is benefiting from the downpour caused by the southwest monsoon and thunderstorms.
As of 6 a.m. Wednesday, water at the La Mesa Dam increased by .78 meters to 69.98 meters from 69.20 meters recorded on Tuesday.
"Yun ang maganda sa La Mesa dam kasi tuwing hapon nagkakarooon ng thunderstorms and then sa madaling araw naman nagkakaroon ng habagat so palaging nagkakaroon ng pandagdag doon sa dam natin sa La Mesa not unlike sa Angat," said Renato Paciente, assistant weather services chief of the weather division.
Angat Dam in Norzaragay, Bulacan is now at 158.40 meters, .37 meters lower than yesterday's 158.77 meters, said Sonia Serrano of Pagasa's Hydro-Metereology Division.
Angat Dam recorded its lowest water level in July 18, 2010 at 157.56 meters.