Dodong exits Phl; new cyclone expected

BBjGFS5 Dodong exits Phl; new cyclone expected

Tropical Storm Dodong exited the Philippine area of responsibility yesterday after leaving at least two people dead, but state weather forecasters said a new cyclone is likely to enter the country on Sunday.

Chris Perez, weather forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), said good weather is expected in the whole country until the weekend apart from isolated thunderstorms.

The new storm with international name Dolphin was spotted over the Pacific Ocean as early as last week.

Perez said Dolphin has a slim chance of hitting Philippine landmass. A ridge of high-pressure area over the West Philippine Sea is likely to extend across Luzon and prevent Dolphin from inching toward land.

However, the cyclone may cause moderate to rough seas over the eastern seaboard of the Visayas this weekend.

Based on the latest forecast of the Japan Meteorological Agency, Dolphin, with maximum sustained winds of 108 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 144 kph, was moving west slowly.

Dolphin will be locally named Egay once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility.

Dodong, meanwhile, weakened into a storm Monday night and left the Philippine area of responsibility at around 1 a.m. yesterday, Perez said.

As of 4 a.m. yesterday, the center of Dodong was located at 830 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes, packing winds of 110 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 140 kph. It was moving northeast at 45 kph. Dodong may brush the southern coast of Japan.

Typhoon caused at least P15.5-M damage

Dodong caused a P15.5-million damage to infrastructure and agriculture in Ilocos region and Cagayan Valley as of yesterday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) reported.

According to the Department of Agriculture (DA), damage to agriculture is so far minimal, amounting to only P2.7 million as of yesterday.

The typhoon affected mostly production areas for rice and corn crops in Region 2. In Regions 1, 3, 5 and the Cordillera Administrative Region, rains brought by the typhoon were generally beneficial to land preparation activities. No agricultural losses were so far reported in these regions.

In Region 2, a total of 640 hectares of rice production areas were affected, all of which may recover. The value of damage was placed at P2.5 million.

Sixteen hectares of corn production areas were also affected, all of which may recover. The value of damage was placed at P187,200.

“We are still awaiting and validating the reports coming from other areas affected by the typhoon. Technical staff from the DA and concerned LGUs are currently conducting field assessment on the extent of damage,” said Agriculture Undersecretary for Operations Emerson Palad. – Helen Flores, Jaime Laude, Czeriza Valencia, Rainier Allan Ronda.

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