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Friday, March 1, 2024

Tropical Depression ‘Dodong’ crosses Isabela; Signal No. 1 up in 11 provinces

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Tropical Depression “Dodong” made landfall on Isabela province early Friday and raised Signal No. 1 over 11 provinces in Northern Luzon, , the state weather bureau said.

Aside from Isabela, Storm Signal No. 1 was also raised over Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and the northern part of Pangasinan.

The low-pressure area east of Baler, Aurora developed into a tropical depression at 8 p.m. Thursday, the country’s 4th storm this year. It moved across the Luzon landmass and exited Isabela at Dinapigue town at 3 a.m., the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration said.

The storm bore maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 60 km/h, moving west northwestward at 15 km/h, as the southwest monsoon is affecting Central and Southern Luzon, Visayas, and Mindanao.

PAGASA had said the LPA it monitored east of Virac, Catanduanes would develop into a tropical depression over the weekend in either the eastern or western part of northern Luzon.

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The trough of the storm unleashed scattered rain showers and thunderstorms on the Bicol Region, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar; the northern portion of Palawan including Calamian, Cuyo, and Kalayaan Islands; and Western Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula, according to PAGASA’s previous 24-hour bulletin.

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