DAVAO CITY (3rd Update) — Tropical Depression Domeng has drifted northwest past six hours over the central part of the South Philippine Sea as it continues to struggle and maintain its strength.
PAG-ASA in its weather bulletin issued today, spotted Tropical Depression Domeng, based on all available data, 620 km East of Davao City (6.8°n 131.6°e) with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph near center. It is forecast to move west northwest at 5 kph.
Forecasters from PAG-ASA said Domeng will remain in sea within the next 3 to 4 days as its moves slowly.
In its Rainfall Advisory No.2 issued at 11:00 AM today, light to moderate with occasionally heavy rains will be affecting portions of Lanao Del Norte, Lanao Del Sur, Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, AgusanDel Sur, Bukidnon and Misamis Oriental which may continue for two hours.
Independent weather group, Weather Philippines said that Domeng is expected to move generally northwest throughout the forecast period. On the forecast track, the weak core of TD Domeng will continue to move across the South Philippine Sea through Thursday evening. It will be over the Central Philippine Sea by Friday early morning.
Meanwhile, the Department of Science and Technology warned the possibility of storm surge although Domeng has weakened slightly.
Prof. Mahar Lagmay of Project NOAH said in a radio interview that Domeng will likely to cause a 2 feet (0.6 meters)-high storm surge that will hit coastal shores of Visayas and Mindanao including Surigao del Sur, Cebu, Negros Oriental at Negros Occidental and Maguindanao.
PAG-ASA said Mindanao and Eastern Visayas will have cloudy skies with scattered light rainshowers and isolated thunderstorms. Metro manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening. (Mart D. Sambalud/davaotoday.com)