MANILA, Philippines – The country may not see the sun for a while as the state weather bureau announced that the tropical storm outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) entered the country is now locally named “Dodong and is expected to become a super typhoon.
In its 11 a.m. advisory, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said typhoon Dodong has slightly intensified as it moved in a northwest direction. Its eye was located 925 km east northeast of Surigao City as of 11 a.m.
In a state news report, PAGASA weather forecaster Fernando Cada said Dodong is packed with maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 15 kph.
Cada added that although Typhoon Dodong may not yet directly affect the country and may not prompt the bureau to raised public storm warning signals yet, its wind convergence and circulation will bring light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms over the regions of CARAGA and Davao on Thursday.
PAGASA weather forecaster Gener Quitlong, meanwhile, said there is a chance that the new typhoon may strengthen to reach 220 kph maximum sustained winds qualifying as a super typhoon.
“Hindi natin inaalis ‘yung possibility na umabot sa super typhoon itong bagyong ito pero alam natin na mas lalakas pa ito,” Quitlong said in an interview aired over ABS-CBN’s “Bandila” Wednesday night.
While the weather disturbance may still change its track, it is likely that it will not make a landfall. If it does, the northern tip of Luzon on Sunday may be hit.
“Kahit sabihin na po natin na hindi ito aabot sa kalupaan ay aabot pa rin po yung kaulapan nito sa Luzon” Quitling said.
The cyclone is forecast to cause cloudy skies over Eastern Mindanao, Eastern Visayas and Bicol region on Friday.
It is also expected to move toward Luzon on Saturday as it brings rain showers in Visayas, Mindanao and Southern Luzon with Palawan as exception.
For Thursday, Cada said the country will continue to have warm and humid weather with temperature ranging from 24 to 35 degrees Celsius brought by ridge of high pressure area extending over Luzon.
The weather bureau said the rest of the country including Metro Manila will experience partly to cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon, or evening.
According to the latest information from PAGASA, 41 provinces are affected by drought in Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The rains to be brought by typhoon Dodong will help these regions.
Typhoon Dodong is the first tropical to enter the country this May and the fourth this year.
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