TYPHOON signal #1 in a 5-level warning system was raised Monday afternoon over parts of Samar in the central Philippines as tropical storm Dante, with international name Choi-wan, slowly moves in a northwest direction, weather bureau PAGASA reported.
The warning was up over the eastern portion of Northern Samar and the northeastern portion of Eastern Samar.
The storm is also expected to continue bringing rains to parts of Mindanao in the southern Philippines on Tuesday, according to the PAGASA. Affected areas are the regions of Caraga and Davao, and the provinces of Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental.
“Under these conditions, isolated to scattered flooding (including flash floods) and rain-induced landslides are possible, especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards as identified in hazard maps,” PAGASA said. “Adjacent or nearby areas may also experience flooding in the absence of such rainfall occurrence due to surface runoff or swelling of river channels.”
As of 5 p.m. Monday, Dante was located 375 kilometers (kms) northeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur in Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 75 kms per hour (kms/h) near the center and gustiness up to 90 kms/h.
Dante is seen to gradually intensify and may reach severe tropical storm category by Wednesday. — MSJ