Tropical storm “Dante” (international name “Choi-wan”) maintained its strength and is already over the coastal waters west of Bataan peninsula early Thursday morning, June 3.
In the 2 a.m. bulletin issued by the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), tropical cyclone wind signal No. 2 remains hoisted over Lubang Islands, western portion of Batangas, western portion of Cavite, western portion of Bulacan, western portion of Pampanga, western portion of Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, and western portion of Pangasinan.
Signal No. 1 is also up in the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, northern portion of mainland Occidental Mindoro, central portion of Batangas, the rest of Cavite, western portion of Laguna, western portion of Rizal, Metro Manila, central portion of Bulacan, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Tarlac, western portion of Nueva Ecija, central portion of Pangasinan, and La Union.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said wind signals in other areas have been already lifted.
PAGASA said Dante is still expected to bring strong winds to gale-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2, and strong winds in areas under Signal No. 1 within 24 to 36 hours.
In the next 24 hours, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will persist over Lubang Island, Bataan, and Zambales.
Moderate to heavy rains may also affect Pangasinan, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Cavite, Batangas, mainland Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Calamian Islands.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will likewise prevail over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Abra, Apayao, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, and the rest of northern and central Palawan including Cuyo and Kalayaan Islands.
PAGASA reminded the public that under these conditions and considering antecedent rainfall, “scattered to widespread flooding, including flash floods, and rain-induced landslides are expected, especially in areas with high or very high susceptibility to these hazards as identified in hazard maps.”
It added that adjacent or nearby areas may experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.
Dante is projected to make landfall or pass near the vicinity of southern Zambales in the next few hours.
“On the forecast track, the storm will move generally north-northwestward in the next 12 hours over the western coast or the coastal waters of Zambales and Pangasinan before turning northward by noon or afternoon today (June 3). After turning to the northeast tonight or on Friday morning (June 4), Dante will move over the Bashi Channel in the Luzon Strait close to the southern coast of Taiwan,” PAGASA said.
In the 2 a.m. bulletin on Thursday, PAGASA said that Dante has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness up to 90 kph while moving northwestward at 20 kph.
Given its present track, Dante will likely maintain its strength within the next 12 hours.
“However, there remains a possibility that the storm may be downgraded into a tropical depression during the same period if it tracks close to land or over land where the terrain is more rugged. Nevertheless, Dante is forecast to eventually weaken into a tropical depression by tomorrow evening and into a remnant low by Saturday morning (June 5),” PAGASA said.