Tropical Depression Dante, still located east of Mindanao, slowed down on Sunday afternoon, May 30.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 5 pm bulletin on Sunday that Dante was 835 kilometers east of Mindanao, moving west northwest at 15 kilometers per hour. Its previous speed was 25 km/h.
The tropical depression maintained its strength, with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
But PAGASA said Dante may intensify into a tropical storm by Monday morning, May 31, and slightly strengthen until Wednesday, June 2.
The state weather bureau warned that rain from Dante’s outer rainbands will persist in Caraga and the Davao Region from Sunday evening to Monday evening.
The rain is generally light to moderate, but may be heavy at times.
The affected regions were advised to watch out for isolated to scattered floods and landslides.
Due to Dante’s distance from land, there are no areas under tropical cyclone wind signals. But if the tropical depression shifts west or toward land, PAGASA could place eastern parts of the country under wind signals.
Landfall remains unlikely, as Dante is seen to continue moving northwest until Wednesday evening, before turning north northeast while staying inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Also by Wednesday evening, Dante could weaken back into a tropical depression from a tropical storm, then eventually become a remnant low on Friday, June 4.
PAGASA is expected to soon declare the onset of the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat and the start of the rainy season.
For the next 6 months, the state weather bureau estimates the following number of tropical cyclones inside PAR:
- June – 1 to 3
- July – 2 to 4
- August – 2 or 3
- September – 2 or 3
- October – 2 or 3
- November – 2 or 3
The Philippines gets around 20 tropical cyclones each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021) – Rappler.com