At 8:00 AM today, Dodong was located over Basco, Batanes. Moving north at 19 kilometers per hour, it packs winds of 160 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 195 kilometers per hour. If Dodong maintains velocity, it will possibly exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) tomorrow morning. PAGASA Weather Forecaster Manny Mendoza said it is expected to move towards the southern islands of Japan.
Some areas in Luzon are still under the Public Storm Warning Signals of PAGASA:
For today’s forecast, stormy weather will prevail over Batanes, Calayan and the Babuyan Group of Islands while Cagayan, Apayao and Ilocos Norte will experience rains with gusty winds. The rest of Northern Luzon will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Meanwhile, generally fair weather is expected over Metro Manila and the rest of the country, but all are still advised to be prepared for isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
As Dodong moves within the boundary, strong to gale force winds associated with the typhoon will trigger rough to very rough sea conditions over the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon. With wave height ranging from 3.4 to 4.5 meters, sea travel is risky for fishing boats and other small seacraft.
On the other hand, another tropical cyclone was spotted and now being monitored outside the PAR. Named as Tropical Storm ‘Dolphin,” it is still too far to affect the country. According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Samuel Duran, it was located at approximately 3,000 kilometers east of Mindanao. If Dolphin maintains its movement, it will possibly move closer towards our boundary by next week. However, due to its distance, changes may still occur in the following days. The public is advised to continuously monitor updates and further development.