9 northern Luzon areas under Signal No. 2By Matikas Santos
MANILA, Philippines – Signal number two was raised in more provinces of northern Luzon as Tropical Storm Dindo (International Name Doksuri) maintained its strength and speed moving closer to the country, the state weather bureau said in its latest report Wednesday afternoon.
The provinces of Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Cagayan including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, and the Batanes Group of Islands are now under Public Storm Signal No. 2 (60-100 kph winds), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said in its 5 p.m. report.
Signal No. 1 (45-60 kph winds) has been raised in Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Abra, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Benguet provinces, Pagasa said.
Dindo has been spotted 430 kilometers east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora and was said to be maintaining its speed and direction at 19 kilometers per hour West Northwest.
Its strength has maintained at 75-kilometer- per-hour winds near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kilometers per hour, Pagasa said.
Dindo was expected to be at 190 kilometers east northeast of Tuguegarao, Cagayan by Thursday afternoon if it maintains its current speed and direction within 24 hours.
By Friday afternoon, Dindo is expected to be 210 kilometers West Southwest of Basco, Batanes, Pagasa said.
The estimated rainfall amount has increased to 15 – 25 millimeters per hour, considered as heavy to intense, within the 400-kilometer diameter of the storm.
Pagasa continues to warn the entire country against landslides and flashfloods that are brought about by the strong rains.
Fishing boats and sea vessels have likewise been advised to not go out to sea throughout the eastern seaboard of the country due to possible big waves and rough seas, Pagasa said.
National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) executive director Benito Ramos earlier said that they are already on red alert since Tuesday afternoon.