Aside from Eastern Samar, possible landfall areas for Tropical Storm Dante (Choi-wan) now include Leyte, Dinagat Islands, and Siargao Island.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said in its 8 am bulletin on Tuesday, June 1, that Dante was already 270 kilometers east of Maasin City, Southern Leyte.
The tropical storm is moving at the same pace of 20 kilometers per hour (km/h), but it shifted from northwest to west northwest.
Due to the shift, Dante could make its initial landfall in Eastern Samar or Leyte between Tuesday afternoon and evening.
But PAGASA also noted that due to Dante’s movement early Tuesday, there is an “increasing likelihood” of the tropical storm heading more west northwest or west in the near term. If that happens, its initial landfall could be in Leyte or in the Dinagat Islands-Siargao Island area.
As of early Tuesday morning, Dante maintained maximum sustained winds of 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 90 km/h.
PAGASA said Dante could slightly intensify before landfall, but it may now remain a tropical storm instead of possibly strengthening into a severe tropical storm.
More areas in Luzon, the Visayas, and Mindanao were placed under tropical cyclone wind signals as of 8 am on Tuesday.
Signal No. 2
Damaging gale-force winds prevailing or expected within 24 hours
- eastern part of Masbate (Mobo, Uson, Dimasalang, Cawayan, Palanas, Cataingan, Placer, Pio V. Corpuz, Esperanza) including Ticao Island
- eastern part of Albay (Legazpi City, Manito, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu)
- Eastern Samar
- Northern Samar
- northern and central parts of Leyte (Matag-ob, Villaba, Ormoc City, Albuera, Burauen, MacArthur, Javier, Abuyog, La Paz, Mayorga, Tolosa, Dulag, Tabontabon, Julita, Tanauan, Dagami, Pastrana, Palo, Tacloban City, Babatngon, Alangalang, Santa Fe, Barugo, Tunga, Jaro, San Miguel, Carigara, Kananga, Tabango, Leyte, Calubian, Capoocan, San Isidro)
- eastern part of Southern Leyte (Silago, Hinunangan, Hinundayan, Anahawan)
- northern part of Dinagat Islands (Tubajon, Libjo, Loreto, Cagdianao)
- Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
Signal No. 1
Strong winds prevailing or expected within 36 hours
- Camarines Sur
- Camarines Norte
- rest of Albay
- rest of Masbate including Burias Island
- eastern part of Romblon (San Fernando, Cajidiocan, Magdiwang, Romblon)
- eastern part of Quezon (Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Narciso, San Andres, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Lopez, General Luna, Macalelon, Quezon, Alabat, Gumaca, Perez) including Polillo Islands
- northeastern part of Capiz (Panay, Pontevedra, President Roxas, Roxas City, Pilar)
- northeastern part of Iloilo (Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Carles, Balasan)
- northern part of Cebu (Tuburan, Danao City, Carmen, Catmon, Sogod, Tabuelan, Tabogon, San Remigio, Borbon, Bogo City, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Compostela, Liloan) including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- northeastern part of Bohol (Talibon, Bien Unido, Ubay, Mabini, President Carlos P. Garcia)
- rest of Leyte
- rest of Southern Leyte
- Agusan del Norte
- northern part of Agusan del Sur (Sibagat, Bayugan City, Prosperidad, San Francisco)
- Surigao del Sur (Barobo, Lianga, San Agustin, Marihatag, Cagwait, Bayabas, Tago, Tandag City, Cortes, San Miguel, Carrascal, Cantilan, Madrid, Lanuza, Carmen, Hinatuan, Tagbina)
- rest of Surigao del Norte
PAGASA said winds in areas under Signal No. 2 could bring “generally light to moderate damage to structures and vegetation,” while winds in areas under Signal No. 1 may cause “generally very light damage to structures and vegetation.”
The state weather bureau also updated its rainfall forecast for Dante, now warning that the rain could become intense at times in some areas. Here is the forecast covering Tuesday until Wednesday morning, June 2:
Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain
- Southern Leyte
- Surigao del Norte
- Dinagat Islands
Moderate to heavy rain
- Eastern Visayas
- northern part of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
- rest of Central Visayas
- Camarines Sur
- Misamis Oriental
- Agusan del Sur
- Davao Region
Affected areas must be on alert for possible floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Meanwhile, PAGASA maintained its forecast for coastal waters on Tuesday.
Rough to very rough seas (waves 2.5 to 4.5 meters high)
Travel is risky for small vessels, while “mariners without the proper experience should immediately seek safe harbor”
- seaboards of areas under Signal No. 2
- eastern seaboard of Caraga
Moderate to rough seas (waves 1.2 to 3 meters high)
Small vessels must take precautionary measures, while inexperienced mariners should avoid venturing out to sea
- eastern seaboard of Davao Oriental
- remaining seaboards of areas under Signal No. 1
Dante, the country’s fourth tropical cyclone for 2021, could leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday, June 5.
The Philippines has an average of 20 tropical cyclones every year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2021)
For June to November, PAGASA 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
PAGASA is expected to declare the onset of the rainy season and the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat in the first half of June. – Rappler.com