Sep 21, 2020

Dodong exits Philippine Area of Responsibility

Tropical depression “Dodong” is now outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 980 kilometers northeast of Basco, Batanes.

But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said rains will continue to fall over areas in Luzon, including northern Palawan, due to another low-pressure area (LPA).

PAGASA weather specialist Ariel Rojas said Dodong was estimated based on all available data at 980 kilometers northeast of Batanes, outside the PAR with a maximum wind of 45 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 60 kph.

The LPA that has entered PAR, on the other hand, is now at 435 kilometers west, northwest of Coron. It is within the monsoon trough in the West Philippine Sea (WPS).

“Bumilis ang pagkilos ni Dodong at ito ay tumatahak ng direksyon pahilaga na may bilis na 45 kph. May isa pa tayong binabantayan na sama ng panahon or LPA na nakapaloob sa monsoon trough,” Rojas said.

Rojas said this LPA has a low chance of developing into another tropical depression and could be dissolved in the next 12 to 24 hours.

Aside from this, another LPA is also being monitored by PAGASA outside PAR which is located 1,680 kilometers east of Mindanao.

He said this also has a low chance of turning into a tropical depression but will still enter PAR by Saturday.

“Naapektuhan din ng Habagat na hinihila ni Dodong ang Palawan at buong kabisayaan, muli ay asahan ang makulimlim na panahon na may kalat-kalat na pag-ulan, pagkulog at pagkidlat. Muli, may okasyon na may kalakasan ang pag-ulan kaya posible ang pagbaha at pagguho ng lupa,” he added.

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