Storm 'Domeng' inches closer to PH

Posted at 04/07/14 8:09 AM

Forecast track of tropical storm "Domeng". Image courtesy of PAGASA.

MANILA – Tropical storm "Domeng" has maintained its strength as it moved closer to the Philippines, the state weather bureau said.

In an interview with ABS-CBN's Umagang Kay Ganda, PAGASA weather forecaster Buddy Javier said with its current speed and direction, Domeng will make landfall somewhere in Eastern Visayas and Northern Mindanao this Thursday.

PAGASA said as of 4 a.m., Domeng was spotted 880 kilometers east of Davao City.

Domeng maintained its west northwest direction, moving at a speed of 15 kilometers per hour. It was still packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

An estimated rainfall of 5 to 15 millimeters per hour (moderate) is expected within the storm's 400-km diameter. Javier, however, said Domeng has no direct effect yet to any part of the country.

In its 24-hour weather forecast for Monday, PAGASA said Mindanao and the regions of Eastern Visayas and Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with scattered light rains and isolated thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rains or thunderstorms, mostly in the afternoon or evening.