The tropical depression east of Mindanao has entered the Philippine area of responsibility early Sunday morning, May 30, and was named “Dante.”
Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) weather specialist Loriedin Dela Cruz said tropical depression Dante entered the PAR at 1 a.m.
As of 3 a.m., Dante was estimated at 1,000 kilometers east of Mindanao and has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
It is moving west-northwestward at 15 kph.
Dela Cruz said the outer rainbands of Dante may bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Caraga and Davao Region.
“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 said.
“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.
Dela Cruz said the current forecast track of Dante shows that the hoisting of tropical cyclone wind signal (TWCS) remains less likely.
However, given the uncertainty in its forecast track, any further westward shift in the track may lead to the hoisting of TCWS over the eastern portion of the country, she pointed out.
Dante is seen to continue to move west-northwestward until Monday morning, May 31, before gradually accelerating northwestward for the rest of Monday and into Tuesday, June 1.
In the five-day weather outlook, Dela Cruz said Dante may only traverse the sea east of the Philippines but its outer rainband could still affect the eastern part of the country in the coming days.
She advised the public to closely monitor updates regarding the tropical cyclone.
Dante, the country’s fourth tropical cyclone in 2021 and second for May, will likely intensify into a tropical storm by Monday, May 31.