Tropical Storm Domeng slightly intensifies
MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Domeng (Maliksi) slightly intensified on Friday evening, June 8, as it continued moving upward while enhancing the southwest monsoon.
In a bulletin issued 11 pm on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Domeng now has maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 65 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h from the previous 80 km/h.
The tropical storm is now located 495 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, still moving north northeast at 19 km/h. Due to its direction, it is not expected to make landfall in any part of the Philippines.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, but Domeng is enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.
Domeng and the southwest monsoon combined will bring moderate to heavy rain to Luzon and Western Visayas the entire weekend. Residents of these areas should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides.
PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky in the eastern seaboards of Luzon and of the Visayas, as well as the western seaboard of Southern Luzon. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Based on its latest forecast track, Domeng is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, June 10.
PAGASA also declared the start of the rainy season on Friday, saying that the rainfall criteria have been met due to "widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations during the past few days."
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