'Domeng' enters PAR

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Sunday, April 6, 2014

MANILA -- Tropical Storm "Domeng" has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Sunday evening.

Pagasa weather forecaster Meno Mendoza said, though, that Domeng will not yet affect the country in the next 24 hours, stressing that it was estimated at 4 p.m. Sunday at 1,020 kilometers east of General Santos City.

Domeng is packing maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 20 kph.

Mendoza said the tropical storm will bring rains over the eastern part of the Visayas and Mindanao either Monday or Tuesday.

Domeng was forecast to be at 570 kilometers east of Davao City by Monday afternoon, 180 kilometers east of Surigao City by Tuesday afternoon, and at the vicinity of Cebu City by Wednesday afternoon.

"Estimated rainfall amount is from 5.0 – 15.0 mm per hour (Moderate - Heavy) within the 400 kilometer diameter of the tropical storm," said Pagasa in its latest bulletin.

Mendoza said that Domeng is also likely to make a landfall somewhere between the Caraga region and Eastern Visayas by Wednesday.

Tropical Storm Domeng track
Tropical Storm Domeng's track as of 2 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2014 (Source: Pagasa)

The Eastern Visayas is still recovering from Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan), which struck last November. With this, Mendoza said residents should be made aware of the coming tropical storm.

Meanwhile, he said that the tail-end of a cold front is affecting Extreme Northern Luzon. The tail-end of a cold front is the front boundary of two air masses that produces clouds and rain.

In the next 24 hours, Pagasa said that Mindanao and the regions of Cagayan Valley, Eastern and Central Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening.

Pagasa also said that moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over northern and eastern section of the country, and the coastal waters along this area will be moderate to rough. (PNA/Sunnex)

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