Thursday, 28 June 2012 13:54
Storm warning signals have been raised Wednesday morning in 14 provinces of Northern Luzon as "Dindo"(international name Doksuri) intensifies further into a tropical storm.
Public storm signal no. 2 has been raised in the provinces of Cagayan and Isabela, which means that winds of 61-100 km per hour (kph) are expected in these areas within the next 24 hours.
Signal no. 1 has been raised in the Batanes Group of Islands, Calayan Island, Ilocos Norte, Apayao, Abra, Kalinga, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Viscaya, and Quirino Provinces, which means winds of 30-60 kph are expected within the next 36 hours.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), "Dindo" was 380 kms East Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes Wednesday.
"Dindo" was packing 75 kph winds near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph, PAGASA said.
"Dindo" was moving at 19 kph in a West Northwest direction and is expected to be 220 kms Northeast of Casiguran, Aurora by Thursday morning, it said.
PAGASA also said by Friday morning, "Dindo" is expected to be 150 kms West Southwest of Basco, Batanes.
Estimated rainfall amount is 10 to 25 millimeters per hour, considered as heavy to intense, within the 400 kilometer diameter of the storm.
The entire western region of the country was warned against landslides and flash floods that will be brought about by the strong rains.
Rains throughout Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao are expected due to the enhanced Southwest Monsoon.
“Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under signals No. 1 and No.2 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides,” PAGASA warned.
PAGASA also said strong to gale force wind is expected to affect the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon and the Visayas.
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