Dante strengthened from a tropical depression into a tropical storm, the state weather bureau announced early Monday, May 31.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Tropical Storm Dante now has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.
It previously had maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h and gustiness of up to 70 km/h. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
Dante’s international name has yet to be announced.
Before dawn on Monday, the tropical storm was located 625 kilometers east of Davao City, moving north northwest over the Philippine Sea at 15 km/h.
While Dante remains unlikely to make landfall, its outer rainbands will continue to affect parts of Mindanao on Monday.
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain
- Davao Region
- Misamis Oriental
Those regions and provinces must be on alert for isolated to scattered floods and landslides.
PAGASA also said gale-force winds extend outward up to 50 kilometers from the tropical storm’s center, or still over the Philippine Sea.
At the moment, tropical cyclone wind signals are not in effect. But PAGASA noted that if Dante shifts toward the west or if its wind radius expands, tropical cyclone wind signals could be raised for eastern parts of the Philippines.
The state weather bureau expects Dante to continue moving northwest over the Philippine Sea until Wednesday, June 2. Then it may turn north on Thursday, June 3, and northeast on Friday, June 4.
As for its strength, Dante is projected to gradually intensify until Tuesday, June 1, then weaken for the rest of its stay inside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
PAGASA is expected to soon declare the onset of the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat and the start of the rainy season.
The state weather bureau estimates the following number of tropical cyclones inside PAR from June to November:
- 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