Jun 072013

Tropical Depression Dante brings rain, thunderstorms

Tropical Depression ‘Dante’ brings rain, thunderstorms. “Dante” has maximum near center winds of 45 kilometers per hour, but is too far to directly affect any part of the country. As of 10:00 p.m. Friday its estimated location was 800 kilometers east of Baler, Aurora. PAGASA

Flash floods and landslides threaten parts of Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as Tropical Depression “Dante” hovered 690 kilometers east of Casiguran, Aurora province early Saturday, state weather forecasters said.

PAGASA forecaster Meno Mendoza said Tropical Depression “Dante” may bring rain and cause the southwest monsoon to start affecting the country soon.

“Ito ay inaasahang magpapaulan (It will cause rain),” Mendoza said in an interview on dzBB radio, but noted no storm warning signals have so far been raised.

“Dante” maintained its near center winds of 45 kph and is forecast to move north-northwest at 11 kph.

Flash floods, landslides

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be “partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening,” it added.

PAGASA also said moderate to occasionally strong winds from the northwest to west will prevail over Eastern Luzon and coming from the southwest over Palawan and the western section of Visayas and Mindanao.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough, it said.  — ELR, GMA News

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