‘Dante’ now a tropical storm

‘Dante’ now a tropical storm

MANILA – Weather disturbance “Dante” has intensified into a tropical storm (TS), and will bring rains over parts of Mindanao, the weather bureau said Monday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 a.m. bulletin that “Dante” was last tracked 625 kilometers east of Davao City, moving north northwest at 15 km. per hour.

It packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness up to 80 kph. Over the next three days, “Dante” is expected to intensify in the next two days as it continues to move northwest.

Caraga, Davao Region, Soccsksargen, Bukidnon, and Misamis Oriental will experience light to moderate, with at times heavy rains due to the outer rain bands of the TS.

Isolated to scattered flooding and rain-induced landslides are possible.

Nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels, PAGASA said.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country are forecast to experience isolated rain showers caused by localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said that the hoisting of tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) over any part of the country remains less likely.

Moderate to strong winds and moderate to rough seas will prevail over the eastern section of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate with slight to moderate seas, PAGASA said. (PNA)

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