LPA now Tropical Depression Dodong

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MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The low pressure area (LPA) inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) intensified into a tropical depression at 2 pm on Tuesday, June 25. It has been given the local name Dodong.

In a bulletin issued 5 pm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Depression Dodong is already 615 kilometers east northeast of Aparri, Cagayan, or 615 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan. It is moving northeast at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Dodong has maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

According to PAGASA, Dodong "is not expected to make landfall and has no direct impact on any part of the country."

But it is enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which will bring scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms to the western parts of Luzon and the Visayas on Tuesday night and on Wednesday, June 26.

On Thursday, June 27, monsoon rains may also hit Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the western parts of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

PAGASA warned residents in those areas to be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

Based on Dodong's latest forecast track, it will leave PAR on Wednesday.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 25, 2019, 5 pm. Image from PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 25, 2019, 5 pm.

Image from PAGASA

Dodong is the Philippines' 4th tropical cyclone for 2019, after Amang in January, Betty in February, and Chedeng in March – all tropical depressions as well. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com