TS ‘Dante’ to make landfall over Bataan tonight

Published June 2, 2021, 2:58 PM

by Jhon Aldrin Casinas

(Photo from PAGASA)

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said tropical storm “Dante” (international name “Choi-wan”) is estimated to make landfall over Bataan on Wednesday night, June 2.

In its severe weather bulletin issued at 2 p.m., PAGASA said the center of the tropical cyclone was monitored over the coastal waters of Pola, Oriental Mindoro or 45 kilometers (km) east southeast of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro at around 1 p.m.

The severe weather disturbance maintained its strength packing a maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph while moving northwestward at 25 kph.

Tropical cyclone wind signal No. 2 has been raised over the northern portion of Romblon, Marinduque, northern and central portion of Oriental Mindoro, northern and central portion of Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, southwestern portion of Bulacan, western portion of Pampanga, Zambales, western portion of Tarlac, and western portion of Pangasinan.

Signal No. 1 has been hoisted over the rest of Romblon, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, western portion of Quezon, Laguna, Metro Manila, Rizal, the rest of Bulacan, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Tarlac, western portion of Nueva Ecija, rest of Pangasinan, southern portion of Benguet, La Union, Aklan, and northern portion of Antique.

Hazards affecting land areas

PAGASA said Dante is forecast to bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Calabarzon, Romblon, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Bataan, Zambales, and Pangasinan until Thursday morning, June 3.

Moreover, moderate to heavy rains may affect the rest of Central Luzon, Metro Manila, the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, Iloilo, and Guimaras, while light to moderate with at times heavy rains may be felt in the Bicol Region, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, Negros Occidental, and the rest of Mimaropa.

Track and intensity outlook

“Dante will continue moving generally northwestward and may pass near or in the vicinity of Oriental Mindoro or the southwestern portion of Batangas before turning north northwestward making another landfall over Bataan tonight. It will then traverse or pass near Zambales and Pangasinan tomorrow morning,” the agency said.

“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 tonight or tomorrow morning,” it added.

Storm’s forecast track

The state weather bureau said Dante will likely be over the coastal waters of Mariveles, Bataan by 11 p.m. Wednesday. Afterwards, it is seen to weaken into a tropical depression.

By Thursday morning, the weather disturbance may be 125 km west southwest of Sinait, Ilocos Sur before further moving north towards 275 km west of Calayan, Cagayan by Thursday night.

Dante will likely be 225 km west of Itbayat, Batanes by Friday morning, and 185 km north northwest of Itbayat, Batanes late Friday night.

By Saturday, June 5, it is estimated to further weaken into remnant low upon reaching 550 km north northeast of Itbayat, Batanes.