"Dante" now a typhoon, but moves away from RP

May 5, 2009 3:35 am 

MANILA, May 4 — Tropical storm "Dante" has intensified into a typhoon Monday afternoon, but veers away from the Philippine territory Monday afternoon, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

Pagasa's 5 p.m. bulletin said Dante was estimated at 470 km northeast of Virac, Catanduanes as of 2 p.m. with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph and is forecast to move east northeast at 15 kph.

"Palawan and the western sections of Southern Luzon and Visayas will experience mostly cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms," the bulletin said.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to at times cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, it added.

The Pagasa has lowered storm warning signal anywhere in the country, but warned shipping industry over Luzon and western Visayas seaboards against rough sea conditions.

Dante is seen to reach 720 kms Northeast of Virac, Catanduanes or 840 kms East of Casiguran, Aurora, early Tuesday and 1,250 kms East of Aparri, Cagayan on Wednesday. (PNA)

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