Tropical Storm (TS) Dante is now over the Verde Island passage heading towards the southwestern coast of Batangas, the weather bureau said Wednesday night.
In its 8 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Dante” was last seen over the coastal waters of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro, moving northwestward at 20 kilometers per hour.
The tropical storm still packs maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center, and gustiness of up to 90 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) No. 2 has been hoisted over the northern portion Oriental Mindoro, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, Cavite, Bataan, the southwestern portion of Bulacan, the western portion of Pampanga, Zambales, the western portion of Tarlac,and the western portion of Pangasinan.
Gale force winds may prevail over these areas within 24 hours, according to PAGASA.
Areas under TCWS no. 1 are Marinduque, the northern portion of Romblon, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, the western portion of Quezon, Laguna, Metro Manila, Rizal, the rest of Bulacan, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Tarlac, the western portion of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Pangasinan, the southern portion of Benguet, and La Union.
These areas may experience strong winds within 36 hours.
Moderate to heavy, with at times intense rains will continue over Cavite, Batangas, Romblon, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Bataan, Zambales, and Pangasinan.
Moderate to heavy rains will be experienced over the rest of Central Luzon and Calabarzon, the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Cagayancillo Islands, and the northwestern portion of Aklan and Antique.
Light to moderate, with at times heavy rains, will prevail over Metro Manila, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, La Union, Ilocos Sur, Mountain Province, Kalinga, Abra, Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and the rest of Mimaropa.
Rough to very rough seas will prevail over the seaboards of areas under TCWS No. 2. Sea travel is risky for small seacraft over these waters.
Moderate to rough seas will continue over the seaboard of areas where areas under TCWS No. 1, eastern seaboard of Quezon, eastern seaboard of Bicol Region, and the western seaboard of Visayas.
PAGASA advised mariners of small seacraft to take precautionary measures when venturing out to the sea.
Meanwhile, weather forecaster Ariel Rojas said PAGASA is monitoring a low pressure area (LPA) outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
The LPA was last tracked 1,250 km. east of Virac, Catanduanes.
“It has a slim chance of developing into a tropical cyclone. The LPA may likely enter PAR tonight,” he said. SOVEREIGNPH