Domeng downgraded to tropical depression

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Monday, April 7, 2014

MANILA -- Tropical Storm Domeng was downgraded to tropical depression Monday afternoon, but it was still expected to bring scattered rainshowers over several parts of the country, the state weather bureau said.

As of 4 p.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Domeng was last spotted 670 kilometers east of Davao City. It was packing maximum winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.

Pagasa said Domeng was forecast to move west northwest at 13 kph.

Tropical Storm Domeng track
Tropical Storm Domeng's track as of 8 a.m. Monday, April 7, 2014 (Source: Pagasa)

Mindanao and the regions of Cagayan Valley, Eastern and Central Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) reminded the public that sea travel for commercial shipping lines is prohibited once a public storm warning signal is hoisted in specific areas.

A PCG memorandum circular said that if a shipping vessel is caught by public storm warning in the middle of the sea, it should take shelter immediately and not risk the lives of their passengers.

"All those [shipping operators] who will violate rules will be subjected for the suspension or revocation of their franchises," Commander Armando Balilo, Coast Guard Public Affairs chief said. (Sunnex)

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