At 4:00 a.m. today, the center of Tropical Storm “DINDO” was estimated based on satellite and surface data at 260 km east Aparri, Cagayan (18.3°N, 124.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 19 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province and Cagayan including Calayan, Babuyan and Batanes grp. of islands will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. The rest of Northern Luzon and the province of Aurora will have occasional rains with gusty winds. The rest of Luzon and Visayas will experience occasional rains becoming frequent over the western section which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail over the rest of the country and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
17 areas under storm signals
PAGASA’s 5 a.m. advisory said “Dindo” may be 190 km north-northwest of Aparri, Cagayan Friday morning, and 530 km northwest of Basco, Batanes Saturday morning.
Projections by PAGASA and the Japan Meteorological Agency as of 5 a.m. indicated “Dindo” may be moving out of Philippine territory by Friday.
It said 10 areas are under Storm Signal No. 2. They are:
Seven areas are under Storm Signal No. 1:
PAGASA estimated “Dindo” may cause heavy to intense rainfall of 15 to 25 mm per hour within its 400-km diameter.
It also said “Dindo” is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon that will bring rain over Southern Luzon and Visayas, especially the western section, which may trigger landslides and flash floods and possible storm surge over areas under Signal 2.