MANILA – Tropical depression "Dante" yesterday intensified into a storm and continued to move over Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
PAGASA defines a tropical storm as moderate tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 64 to 118 kph (25 to 75 mph) and with closed isobars.
Weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 4 a.m. yesterday, "Dante" was estimated at 850 km east of Appari, Cagayan (19.2°N, 130.8°E) with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
Aurelio said no storm signals have been raised so far as projections indicated "Dante" was unlikely to make landfall in the Philippines.
Dante is far off to directly affect any part of the country, however, it will continue to enhance the Southwest windflow that will bring rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas especially over the western section which may trigger flash floods and landslides, he added.
Aurelio said parts of Northern Luzon and Mindanao would experience good weather with isolated rainshowers and thunderstorms.
He also said that "Dante" increased its speed from 11 kph to 15 kph as it continued to move north northeast and expected to be out in Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Tuesday to head towards Japan.
"Dante" may still bring moderate to heavy rainfall.
In its advisory, PAGASA said Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, Mimaropa and Western Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides.
Bicol Region and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
Northern Luzon and Mindanao will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest to west will prevail over Northern and Eastern Luzon and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the southwest will prevail with slight to moderate seas.*PNA
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