MANILA, Philippines – All Tropical Cyclone Wind Signals (TCWS) were lifted as Tropical Depression Dodong moved through the western Philippine Sea, the state weather office said Saturday.
In its 5 am bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Dodong was last seen 270 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour. (kph) near the center and gusts up to 70 km/h.
Dodong was moving west at 20 kph, it added.
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But even if all TCWS were lifted, Pagasa weather specialist Benison Estareja said gusty conditions and moderate to heavy rainfall may still be experienced in parts of Luzon due to the cyclone-enhanced southwest monsoon, locally referred to as habagat.
“’Yung southwest monsoon o habagat pa rin ang siyang umiiral sa malaking bahagi ng bansa at magpapaulan pa rin ito ngayong araw. improve pa rin nitong si dodong [ang habagat]. Ngayong araw poy pinaka apektado ng pag-ulan ang Zambales, Bataan, and Occidental Mindoro. Hindi ito direktang epekto ni Dodong but ng habagat na siyang pinalalakas ng bagyo,” Estareja warned in a public weather forecast.
(The southwest monsoon or habagat is still prevailing in much of the country and it will still rain today. It is still being improved by Dodong. [the southwest monsoon]. Today, Zambales, Bataan and Occidental Mindoro are the most affected by the rain. This is not a direct effect of Dodong, but the southwestern force that the typhoon is strengthening).
Pagasa also warned that the same weather conditions may prevail in Metro Manila, Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region, Batanes, the eastern part of Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Zambales, Bataan, Bulacan, Pampanga, Aurora, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol Region, and Western Visayas due to the southwest monsoon.
Dodong is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Saturday afternoon and early Sunday morning, July 16.
“Bago lumabas ng PAR, mataas ang tiyansa na lumakas pa ito bilang isang tropical storm,” Estareja added.
(Before it leaves PAR, there is a high chance that it will become a tropical storm.)
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