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Tropical Depression “Dodong” Moves Over the Philippines

Courtesy PAGASA

Tropical Depression Dodong is expected to bring floods, landslides and winds of up to 60 kph to the Philippines. The national Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council has issued a public storm warning signal number 1 for the following areas: Bataan, Pampanga, Tarlac, Zambales, Pangasinan, Cavite and Metro Manila.

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) issued the following forecast:

“At 16:00 on 9th June 2011, Tropical Depression “Dodong” was estimated based on satellite and surface data to be at 150km West of Dagupan City (16.0°N, 118.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move North NorthWest at 19 KPH.

“Forecast: Western section of central Luzon and Pangasinan will experience rains and gusty winds while the Western section of of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms. The rest of the country will be mostly cloudy with scatterered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

“Moderate to strong winds blowing from the SouthWest will prevail over the Western section of Southern Luzon and Western Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

“Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate blowing from the SouthWest and SouthEast with slight to moderate seas.”

The centre of the storm is not expected to make landfall according to a 5-day track forecast from the Japan Meteorological Agency.

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