Tropical depression “Dante” has slightly slowed down while moving west-northwest over the Philippine Sea east of Mindanao on Sunday afternoon, May 30.
The center of tropical depression Dante was estimated at 835 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao around 4 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its tropical cyclone bulletin issued at 5 p.m.
It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 70 kph.
PAGASA weather specialist Chris Perez said Dante slightly slowed down at 15 kph and started to move west-northwestward.
In the next 24 hours, light to moderate with at times heavy rains will affect Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Davao de Oro, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, Davao Oriental, and Davao Occidental due to the outer rainbands of tropical depression Dante.
“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” PAGASA warned.
“Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels,” it added.
Perez said the present forecast track shows that the hoisting of tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) over any land area in the country remains less likely.
However, given the uncertainty in its track forecast, any further westward shift in the track forecast may lead to the hoisting of TCWS over the eastern portion of the country, he pointed out.
He noted that there is also an increasing likelihood that Dante will reach the tropical storm category by Monday morning, May 31.
However, by Wednesday evening, June 2, Dante will likely weaken into a tropical depression and become a remnant low by Friday, June 4.
Meanwhile, Perez said a new low pressure area is also being monitored outside the Philippine area of responsibility.
He said the LPA was estimated at 2,400 km east of Mindanao.
This weather disturbance has no direct effect yet over any part of the country as of Sunday.