MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Typhoon Dodong (international codename Noul) has made landfall in the northeastern tip of Cagayan province Sunday afternoon, May 10, lashing the region with moderate to heavy rain and strong winds.
The eye of Dodong made landfall over Pananapan Point in Sta Ana town, at around 4:45 pm Sunday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The typhoon, with the eye last spotted 95 km southeast of Aparri, is still carrying winds of 185 km/h near the center, with gusts of up to 220 km/h. It is moving 17 km/h towards the north-northwest.
Northeastern Cagayan, the Babuyan and Calayan island groups, and the entire province of Batanes are under public storm warning signal number 4.
The rest of Cagayan, and the provinces of Isabela and Apayao are under storm signal number 3.
The following areas, meanwhile, are under storm signal number 2:
- Northern Aurora
- Mountain Province
- Ilocos Norte
Ilocos Sur, Quirino, and the rest of Aurora are under storm signal number 1. Storm signals in other areas have been lowered.
Heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the typhoon’s 100 km diameter, and storm surges of up to 2 meters are still expected in the towns of Gonzaga and Sta Ana in Cagayan, the bureau said in a press conference.
The bureau said the typhoon is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by early Tuesday, May 12.
It is then forecast to affect Taiwan, before moving just to the south of Japan.
The next bulletin on Dodong will be released at 11 pm, the bureau added. – Rappler.com
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