'Dindo' to hit Thursday night

Posted at 06/28/12 6:38 PM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Tropical storm “Dindo” may hit the Calayan and Babuyan group of islands Thursday night if it continues its west northwest movement, the state weather bureau said.

In its 5 p.m. briefing, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said stormy weather is expected over extreme Northern Luzon, particularly in Cagayan, Babuyan and Calayan group of islands, Apayao, Ilocos Norte and Batanes Group and occasional rains over the western section of Northern and Central Luzon Thursday night.

Public storm signal number 2 remains hoisted over the following areas:

• Cagayan
• Calayan
• Babuyan group of islands
• Batanes group of islands
• Apayao
• Ilocos Norte

Under storm signal number 1 are the following areas:

• Ilocos Sur
• La Union
• Pangasinan
• Benguet
• Abra
• Ifugao
• Kalinga
• Mt. Province
• Isabela
• Quirino
• Nueva Vizcaya

PAGASA warned residents of Regions 1, 2 and Cordilleras on possible floods and landslides due to heavy rains and strong winds brought by the storm.

Dindo was spotted 140 kilometers north northeast of Aparri, Cagayan as of 4 p.m. and has maintained its strength.

It is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning.

The weather bureau said weather condition over Visayas and Mindanao is expected to improve by Friday.

Another LPA

Meanwhile, another weather disturbance is being monitored by PAGASA approximately 2,000 kilometers away from Mindanao.

Weather forecaster Robert Sawi said the low pressure area (LPA) is still too far to affect the country but it may intensify into a typhoon in the coming days.

Sawi added that the LPA is expected to enter the PAR by Sunday morning.