MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Domeng intensified into a tropical storm on Friday morning, June 8, as it continued to enhance the southwest monsoon. It has been given the international name Maliksi.
In a bulletin issued 11 am on Friday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Domeng now has maximum winds of 65 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
The tropical storm is now located 655 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City, Cagayan, moving north northeast at a slightly faster 17 km/h from the previous 15 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 the provinces of Aurora and Bataan, as well as to the regions of Bicol, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, and Western Visayas, on Friday. Scattered rainshowers will also persist in the rest of Luzon and the rest of the Visayas throughout the day. Residents of these areas should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides.
PAGASA also warned that the enhanced southwest monsoon will trigger monsoon rains in the western parts of Luzon – including Metro Manila – and of the Visayas this weekend. Flash floods and landslides are possible. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Due to Domeng, sea travel is also risky in the eastern seaboards of Central Luzon, Southern Luzon, and the Visayas, as well as the western seaboard of Southern Luzon.
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.”