Tropical storm “Dante” (international name “Choi-wan”) has maintained its strength and is about to make landfall over the northern portion of Eastern Samar, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 8 p.m. bulletin.
The center of tropical storm “Dante” (international name “Choi-wan”) was estimated at 55 kilometers east-northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar around 7 p.m.
It maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph while it moved faster at 30 kph northwestward.
Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 2 was hoisted over southern portion of Quezon, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Island, Albay, Sorsogon, Eastern Samar, Samar, Northern Samar, Biliran, and northeastern portion of Leyte.
Signal No. 1 was also up in Aurora, eastern portion of Nueva Ecija, eastern portion of Bulacan, Rizal, Laguna, southeastern portion of Batangas, rest of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Marinduque, Romblon, northeastern portion of Aklan, northeastern portion of Capiz, northeastern portion of Iloilo, northeastern portion of Negros Occidental, northern portion of Cebu including Camotes and Bantayan Islands, northeastern portion of Bohol, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, Dinagat Island, northern portion Agusan del Norte, northern portion of Agusan del Sur, and northern portion of Surigao del Sur.
Strong winds, heavy to intense rainfall
In the next 24 to 36 hours, Dante is expected to bring strong winds to gale-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2, while strong winds may affect areas under Signal No. 1.
Moreover, in the next few hours, PAGASA said the storm will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Islands, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Masbate, Romblon, and Eastern Samar.
Dante will also bring moderate to heavy rains over Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Camiguin, Samar, Bohol, northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands, Capiz, Iloilo, Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Marinduque, and southern portion of Quezon.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also affect Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Sur, Bukidnon, Catanduanes, and the rest of Visayas.
“Under these conditions and considering antecedent rainfall, scattered flooding including flash floods and rain-induced landslides are highly likely, especially in areas with high or very high susceptibility 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.
Forecast track and intensity
In its current forecast track, PAGASA said tropical storm Dante will likely make its initial landfall over Eastern Samar between 8 p.m. and 11 p.m., Tuesday
Afterward, it will traverse over the eastern portion of Northern Samar and will emerge over the coastal waters of Northern Samar before it makes its second landfall over Sorsogon or Rapu Rapu Island.
Dante may remain as a tropical storm before landfall then weaken into a tropical depression by Thursday, June 3, and a low pressure area by Saturday, June 5.