Monsoon rains enhanced by ‘Dindo’ prevail

Published August 1, 2020, 12:51 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Tropical depression “Dindo” may not make landfall but the tropical cyclone-enhanced monsoon rains will persist over most of the country in the next 24 hours.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the tropical cyclone at 805 kilometers (kms) east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.

The weather disturbance will likely be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between Monday and Tuesday, PAGASA weather specialist Samuel Duran said.

Dindo has no direct impact on the country at the moment but another tropical depression 1,035 kms west of Northern Luzon or outside the PAR continues to enhance the “habagat” or southwest monsoon. It has maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph.

The tropical cyclone-enhanced habagat may bring occasional light to moderate with at times heavy monsoon rains over Luzon, Visayas, and Zamboanga Peninsula within 24 hours.

The rest of the country will also be cloudy with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the southwest monsoon.

“Floods and rain-induced landslides may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards,” Duran warned.

A gale warning remains in effect over the northern and western coast of Luzon on Saturday due to potentially rough to very seas that make sea travel dangerous for small boats. Fisherfolk and those using small sea vessels are not yet allowed to set sail over these coasts.

Those venturing out over the other coasts of the country should take extra precautions due to moderate to rough seas.

PAGASA also advised the public and local disaster risk reduction and management offices concerned to take appropriate measures and monitor the rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings issued by PAGASA’s regional services divisions.