MANILA, Philippine — Tropical Storm Dante is aiming for Eastern Samar where it is expected to make its initial landfall Tuesday night (June 1) or in the morning of Wednesday (June 2).
Based on PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, the weather system is continuously moving towards the Eastern Visayas Region.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) #2 is hoisted over Eastern Samar, Samar, and Northern Samar where damaging gale-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Signal #1 remains over several areas in the country due to the effects of the storm. Areas to experience prevailing strong winds expected within 36 hours include:
Masbate, Sorsogon, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, and the southeastern portion of Quezon
Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, and the northern portion of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
The northern portion of Surigao del Sur, the northern portion of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat), the northern portion of Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Islands, and Surigao del Norte
This tropical storm is forecast to intensify in the next 48 hours and reach a severe tropical storm category on Wednesday evening or Thursday early morning.
However, given the increased likelihood of landfall in the next 24 hours, such an intensification scenario may be slightly deterred.
Based on its forecast track, TS Dante is expected to pass in the vicinity of Camarines Sur-Catanduanes area tomorrow afternoon following its initial landfall.
Then, it will likely turn generally northward over the Philippine Sea east of Northern Luzon on Thursday and northeastward on Friday.
Residents in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to hazards associated with the storm are advised to follow evacuation and other instructions from local officials.