Domeng, ITCZ may trigger flooding, landslides

Tropical Depression Domeng has maintained its strength while traversing the Philippine Sea.
At 3:00 a.m., the cyclone was at 700 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar. Packing winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 60 kph, it is forecast to move northwest at 15 kph. Given this current scenario, no Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal (TWCS) is expected to be raised in any part of the country. However, “Domeng” may trigger the southwesterly windflow (Habagat), which will bring moderate to heavy rains in the western section of Visayas and Luzon, including Metro Manila, this weekend. This may cause flash floods and landslides in the said areas. The storm will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday.

According to PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez, the presence of Habagat is one of the indicators of the onset of the rainy season.

Today, the combined effect of the Tropical Depression and the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms in the Bicol Region, CALABARZON, MIMAROPA, Visayas, and Mindanao, where flash floods or landslides are possible. In the remaining parts of Luzon, partly cloudy to cloudy skies will prevail with chances of isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.
Despite the presence of “Domeng”, gale warning was not issued today though the western section of Luzon will have moderate to rough sea conditions with possible wave height of 1.2 to 2.8 meters.

Desserie Dionio

Desserie Dionio

Weather Reporter at Panahon TV

Desserie’s passion for Journalism roots from her stint as a Features Writer for the Tandang Sora National High School’s school paper. A graduate of Bachelor in Broadcast Communication from the Polytechnic University of the Philippines (PUP) Manila, she started her career as a news writer and social media administrator. To date, Desserie works as a Social Media Strategist and Weather Reporter for PanahonTV. She believes that the simplest changes in our everyday lives can make the world a better place.