'Dante' or 'Bagyong Dante.' That's the name reserved for the next tropical storm (or a typhoon) that will enter the Philippines and it looks like the low pressure area (LPA) spotted off Mindanao a few days ago will be it.
Updates posted below.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), the LPA has just entered the Philippine area of responsibility today. If it continues to intensify, it will be upgraded to tropical storm status by the weekend. But as of now, the weather disturbance is still an LPA. Nevertheless, it will already influence the weather in some parts of the country.
The latest weather bulletin from PAGASA is as follows:
At 4:00 p.m. today, the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 440 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur (9.5°N, 130.5°E). It is embedded along the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) affecting Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao.
Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms which may trigger flashfloods and landslides. Bicol region and the rest of Visayas will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.
Light to moderate winds blowing from the east to southeast will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and coming from the east to northeast over the rest of the country. The coastal waters throughout the archipelago will be slight to moderate.
Keep abreast with the latest bulletins about this potential storm here or via the PAGASA website. Adobo Talk PH
UPDATE: The Low Pressure Area (LPA) estimated Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes has developed into a Tropical Depression and was named "DANTE". However, it is not expected to make landfall.Instead, it will veer away from the country in the general direction of Japan in the next 72 hours.
Tropical Depression "DANTE" is still far to directly affect any part of the country. However, it will bring rainshowers and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
UPDATE As of 10:00 AM, PAGASA: Tropical Depression "DANTE" is far to directly affect any part of the country. However, it will enhance the Southwest windflow that will bring rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, a Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated based on all available data at 100 km North of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan (10.7°N 118.7°E). This will bring moderate to heavy rains over Palawan especially over the northern part.
UPDATE: 'Dante' continues to intensify but is on its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility. Tropical Storm "DANTE" is far off to directly affect any part of the country. However, it will continue to enhance the Southwest windflow that will bring rains and thunderstorms over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.
UPDATE: PAGASA said that storm “Dante” has slightly accelerated as it continues to move away from the country. Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that “Dante” is expected to be out of the Philippines area of responsibility (PAR) either Monday afternoon or Tuesday morning as it moves toward Japan.
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