Signal no. 1 up in 12 areas

Posted at 06/27/2012 11:54 AM | Updated as of 06/27/2012 5:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Twelve areas were placed under storm signal number 1 as tropical storm “Dindo” (international name: Doksuri) moves closer to extreme northern Luzon.

The following areas were placed under storm signal number 1:

  • Batanes Group of Islands
  • Calayan Island
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Apayao
  • Abra
  • Kalinga
  • Ilocos Sur
  • Mt. Province
  • Aurora
  • Ifugao
  • Nueva Viscaya
  • Quirino

Storm signal number 2, meanwhile, was hoisted over Cagayan and Isabela provinces.

In its latest weather bulletin issued before noon Wednesday, weather bureau PAGASA said Dindo was last spotted 380 kilometers (kms) east northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 490 kms east southeast of Casiguran, Aurora.

Dindo became stronger and is now packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up 90 kph.

The storm maintained its speed of 19 kph. It was moving in a west northwest direction.

Rains are still expected over parts of southern Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao as Dindo enhances the southwest monsoon (habagat).

Dindo was dumping an estimated rainfall of 15 to 25 millimeter per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400 kms diameter.

The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) has also barred vessels from venturing into the eastern seaboard of the country.

Dindo is forecast to be 220 kms northeast of Casiguran, Aurora by Thursday morning. It is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by Saturday.