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Bicol, Eastern Visayas alerted vs Tropical Depression Domeng

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Domeng maintained its strength on Wednesday morning, June 6, as it continued moving over the Philippine Sea.

In a bulletin issued 11 am on Wednesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Domeng is now 805 kilometers east of Catarman, Northern Samar, moving north northwest at 15 kilometers per hour (km/h).

Domeng continues to have maximum winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h. It could intensify into a tropical storm, and then a severe tropical storm, this week.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, but Domeng will bring moderate to heavy rain to Bicol and Eastern Visayas on Wednesday. Residents of these areas should be on alert for possible flash floods or landslides.

Once Domeng moves farther up north, it may also trigger the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat, which will bring moderate to heavy rain to Mimaropa and Western Visayas beginning Thursday, June 7, and over the rest of the western part of Luzon, including Metro Manila, starting Friday, June 8. Flash floods and landslides are possible.

The tropical depression will be nearest to the province of Cagayan on Friday morning, though still relatively far from land.

PAGASA Weather Division chief Esperanza Cayanan earlier emphasized that heavy rainfall, not strong winds, will be the main threat due to Domeng.

"Meron na tayong klase.... so kailangan mag-monitor tayo ng rainfall lalo na ngayong Huwebes, Biyernes," Cayanan said in a press briefing late Tuesday afternoon, June 5.

(Classes have already begun.... so we need to monitor rainfall, especially on Thursday, Friday.)

Based on its latest forecast track, Domeng is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, June 10.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Domeng as of June 6, 2018, 11 am. Image courtesy of PAGASA

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Domeng as of June 6, 2018, 11 am.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

PAGASA has said that it expects to declare the start of the rainy season this week.

For the onset of the rainy season to be declared, the requirement is 5 straight days of rain generating a total amount of at least 25 millimeters (mm) of rainfall. These 5 days must also include 3 straight days of at least 1 mm of rainfall. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

– Rappler.com