Tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) maintains its strength as it moves towards north Luzon, state weather bureau PAGASA said on Thursday. Storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over 10 areas in northern Luzon.
In its latest weather bulletin issued on Thursday morning, Dindo 260 kilometers (kms) east of Aparri, Cagayan last spotted by PAGASA.
The storm continued its strength, packing winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph. It was moving west northwest at 19 kph.
Rainfall of 15 to 25 millimeter per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400 kms diameter is estimated expected to dump.
Storm signal number 2 remains raised over the following areas:
• Calayan Group of Islands
• Babuyan Group of Islands
• Batanes Group of Islands
• Ilocos Norte
• Mt. Province
Storm Signal 1 remains up in the following areas:
• La Union
• Ilocos Sur
• Nueva Vizcaya
PAGASA forecaster Gener Quitlong mainly advised residents of strong winds and flooding in Cagayan province, where the eye of the storm is predictable to hit between 12 p.m. and 2 p.m. today.
Calayan Group of Islands is the storm’s eye will also hit between 8 p.m. and 10 p.m.
Dindo will expect to be 190 kms north northwest of Aparri, Cagayan by Friday morning.
The storm enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat) rains are still expected over the rest of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as PAGASA also issued a gale warning over the seaboards of central and southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.
Sea conditions were irregular in these areas said by the weather bureau.
The seaboards of central Luzon will experience scattered rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 5.0 meters high it said.
They will experience irregular to frequent rains that may produce waves 3.4 to 4.5 meters high to the seaboards of southern Luzon; and western seaboard of Visayas.