Typhoon Dindo (international name Lion Rock) has entered the Philippine area of responsibility before noon Wednesday.
Dindo packed maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph. It moved at a slow pace of 7 kph south-southwest.
It is not expected to make landfall and would stay in the country around 1 to 2 days, Benjie de Paz of Pagasa said by phone. Dindo will bring moderate to heavy rains within its 500-km diameter. The weather bureau is also monitoring a low pressure area in the eastern section of the country. The southwest monsoon, meanwhile, continued to affect the western section of Luzon.
The eye of Typhoon “DINDO” was located based on all available data at 1,035 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (23.8N, 131.2E) with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph. It is forecast to move South Southwest at 4 kph. Southwest Monsoon affecting the western section of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.
Forecast: Cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and isolated thunderstorms is expected over Western Visayas and the provinces of Zambales, Bataan and Palawan. Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the southwest will prevail throughout the archipelago and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.