The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical storm “Dante” (international name “Choi-wan”) is poised to make its third landfall over the vicinity of Romblon on Wednesday, June 2.
In its severe weather bulletin issued at 8 a.m., Dante has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph while moving west at 25 kph.
The location of the center of the storm was estimated over the southern coastal waters of Romblon, Romblon at around 7 a.m.
Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 2 is still up over the southern portion of Quezon, Batangas, southern portion of Laguna, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, extreme northern portion of Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and western portion of Masbate including Burias Island, northern portion of Capiz, northern portion of Aklan, and extreme northeastern portion of Iloilo.
Signal No. 1 has been raised over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, western portion of Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, extreme southern portion of Isabela, Nueva Vizcaya, western portion of Quirino, central and southern portion of Aurora, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Nueva Ecija, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, the rest of Quezon, the rest of Laguna, Cavite, Occidental Mindoro, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands, the western portion of Camarines Norte, the western portion of Camarines Sur, the western portion of Albay, the rest of Masbate including Ticao Island, the western portion of Sorsogon, Antique, the rest of Aklan, the rest of Capiz, the rest of Iloilo, Guimaras, northern portion of Negros Occidental, extreme northern portion of Negros Oriental, and northwestern portion of Cebu including Bantayan Islands.
Moderate to heavy rains over Metro Manila
In the next 24 hours, Dante is forecast to bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Calabarzon, Romblon, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, and northern portion of Negros Occidental.
Likewise, moderate to heavy rains may be felt Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, the rest of Negros Occidental, and northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan Islands.
Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may occur the rest of Central Luzon, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, the rest of Mimaropa, Negros Oriental, the rest of Cebu including Camotes Islands, Bohol, Biliran, Leyte, and Southern Leyte.
Track and intensity outlook
The state weather bureau said Dante will begin turning more northwestward and may pass near or in the vicinity of Oriental Mindoro or Marinduque before making another landfall over Batangas-southern Quezon area.
The storm will likely move north northwestward beginning Wednesday night as the tropical cyclone moves over mainland Luzon. Afterwards, it may emerge over the West Philippine Sea via the Lingayen Gulf on Thursday early morning, June 3.
“Due to increased vertical wind shear and land interaction, this tropical storm is forecast to maintain its strength until it makes landfall over mainland Luzon. Further land interaction with the rugged terrain of mainland Luzon will weaken Dante into a tropical depression (Wednesday night),” PAGASA said.
The agency said Dante will likely be in the vicinity of Taysan, Batangas by 5 p.m. Wednesday, may reach the vicinity of San Carlos City, Pangasinan by 5 a.m. Thursday.
By then, Dante is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression and will likely be 75 km northwest of Laoag City, Ilocos Norte by Thursday afternoon.
On Friday, June 4, Dante would be located 175 km West of Basco, Batanes, and may be 115 km north northwest of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday afternoon.
By Saturday, June 5, Dante may reach near the edge of the Philippine area of responsibility at around 380 km north northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.