Up to three more tropical storms will follow Dante (Choi-Wan) this June, as the Philippines transitions to the wet season from summer, PAGASA said Thursday.
The fourth storm of 2021 will continue to cool Luzon with rains as another low pressure area entered the Philippine area of responsibility, PAGASA said. The new weather system is unlikely to intensify into a tropical storm.
At 8 a.m., Dante was spotted off Sta. Cruz Zambales, on the eastern coast of Central Luzon with maximum sustained winds of up to 65 kph and gusts of up to 90 kph. The low pressure area was spotted east of Southern Luzon.
A low pressure area or LPA becomes a typhoon when there is enough air circulation in the middle to form an eye.
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Dante doesn't signal yet the start of the rainy season, which is expected by mid-June, weather forecaster Grace Castaneda told reportr. PAGASA expects one to three more storms to enter the Philippines this month.
"'Yung init po na nararanasan ngayon pong June ay maaari na pong mabawasan dahil tag-ulan na sa susunod na araw," she said.
Dante is expected to bring moderate to heavy rains over Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, and Calamian Islands.
PAGASA said the storm made landfall twice in Batangas on Wednesday night: once in Tingloy followed by another in Calatagan. Dante is forecast to weaken into a tropical depression this Thursday.
Signal no. 2, or winds of up to 61-120 kph within 24 hours, is raised over these areas:
- The western portion of Pangasinan (Dasol, Mabini, Burgos, City of Alaminos, Agno, Bani, Bolinao, Anda)
Signal no. 1, or winds of 30-60 kph may be experienced in at least 36 hours, is up over these areas:
- Central portion of Pangasinan (Bugallon, Lingayen, Binmaley, Dagupan City, Mangaldan, Calasiao, San Carlos City, Aguilar, Mangatarem,
Urbiztondo, Labrador, Infanta, San Fabian, Sual)
- Northwestern portion of Tarlac, (San Clemente)
- Northern portion of Zambales (Santa Cruz, Masinloc, Palauig, Candelaria, Iba)
Here's the track and intensity forecast from PAGASA: