'Dindo' intensifies into tropical storm

Posted at 06/26/12 11:46 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The weather disturbance “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) has strengthened and is now classified as a tropical storm, according to the state weather bureau.

In its latest bulletin issued Tuesday night, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm is now packing winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It was last spotted 540 kilometers east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes.

Because the storm is over water, it is expected to gain more strength and intensify into a typhoon.

PAGASA also said there is a big possibility that the storm will hit islands in extreme Northern Luzon if it continues to move west northwest.

“Hindi siya sa mismong landmass ng Northern Luzon kung hindi ‘yung mga isla,” said weather forecaster Samuel Palafox.

No public public storm warning signals have been raised so far but Dindo is expected to enhance the southwest monsoon, bringing occasional rains over Southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao.

The storm is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.

Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are again warned against venturing out into the eastern seaboards of Luzon and Visayas due to rough waters.