• ‘Dodong’ intensifies


    WEATHERMEN on Thursday afternoon placed the eastern provinces of Catanduanes in the Bicol Region and Northern Samar in Eastern Visayas under Storm Signal No. 1 as typhoon Dodong (international name: Noul) intensified as it entered the country.

    According to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration Dodong was last spotted 780 kilometers east of Borongan town in Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 150 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 185 kph. It was moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

    “The regions of Bicol, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Davao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms,” Pagasa said in its bulletin.

    Storm signals may also be raised over Sorsogon, Albay, Camarines Norte  and Camarines Sur on Thursday night.

    Dodong may hit Isabela-Cagayan on Sunday, Pagasa earlier said.

    Pagasa said the “estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 300 km diameter of the typhoon,” which is “expected to affect Eastern Visayas and Bicol Region for the next 24-36 hours.”

    Given the typhoon’s pattern of intensifying, there is a possibility that it will develop into a super typhoon,  state weather forecaster Fernando Cada said.

    Pagasa weather forecaster Chris Perez said Dodong is forecast to make landfall in the Isabela-Cagayan area on Sunday, May 10, and will  move closer to the Bicol Region and Samar provinces by Saturday morning, May 9.

    Perez added that the typhoon  may still “curve slightly upward or downward,” which means that “almost” the entire Luzon area should prepare for the typhoon.


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