Dindo now a tropical storm, but not expected to hit Philippines directly


Posted at Aug 02 2020 12:27 AM | Updated as of Aug 02 2020 12:35 AM

Courtesy of Japanese Meteorological Agency

MANILA (UPDATE) - Weather disturbance Dindo intensified into a tropical storm late Saturday night, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the tropical cyclone was last spotted 500 kilometers east-northeast of Basco, Batanes.

Moving west-northwest at a speed of 20 kilometers per hour (kph), Dindo is packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 80 kph.

"This tropical cyclone has no direct impact on the country at the moment. No tropical cyclone wind signal is in effect over the country," PAGASA said.

The storm is likely to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Monday morning, at which time it could become a severe tropical storm.

On Sunday, occasional rains due to the southwest monsoon or habagat will be experienced over Luzon, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Northern Mindanao and Bangsamoro.

PAGASA warned the public that flooding and rain-induced landslide could occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.