(UPDATE 3) Dante will bring moderate to heavy rains over Eastern Visayas and neighboring areas as it moved closer to land, maintaining its strength, weather bureau PAGASA said.
The fourth storm of the year was located at 310 km east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte or 380 km east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte (10.2°N, 128.3°E) at 4 a.m. Tuesday, with maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kph ang gusts of up to 90 kph. It is likely to make landfall, said PAGASA.
Dante is forecast to intensify into severe tropical storm category on Wednesday evening or Thursday morning.
Signal no. 2, or winds of up to 61-120 kph within 24 hours, is raised over these areas:
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
Signal no. 1, or winds of 30-60 kph may be experienced in at least 36 hours, is up over these areas:
- Camarines Sur
- Camarines Norte
- southeastern portion of Quezon (Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Buenavista, San Narciso, San Andres)
- Southern Leyte
- northern portion of Cebu (Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Tabogon, City of Bogo, Medellin, Daanbantayan, San Remigio, Tabuelan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- Northern portion of Surigao del Sur (San Agustin, Marihatag, Cagwait, City of Tandag, Bayabas, Tago, Cortes, Lanuza, Carmen, Madrid, Cantilan, Carrascal, San Miguel)
- Northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat)
- Northern portion of Agusan del Norte (City of Cabadbaran, Santiago, Tubay, Jabonga, Kitcharao)
- Dinagat Islands
- Surigao del Norte
PAGASA also warned of rough seas over the seaboards of Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar, meaning sea travel is risky for small seacrafts.
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Here is the track and intensity forecast for Dante: