Tropical Storm Domeng slightly strengthens again
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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Domeng (Maliksi) slightly intensified further before dawn on Saturday, June 9, as it continued to enhance the southwest monsoon which is affecting Luzon and the Visayas.
In a bulletin issued 4 am on Saturday, state weather bureau PAGASA said Domeng now has maximum winds of 80 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 75 km/h and gustiness of up to 95 km/h from the previous 90 km/h.
The tropical storm is now located 505 kilometers east of Basco, Batanes, moving north northeast at a slightly slower 17 km/h from the previous 19 km/h. Due to its direction, it is not expected to make landfall in any part of the Philippines.
There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals, but Domeng is enhancing the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.
Domeng and the southwest monsoon combined will bring moderate to heavy rain to the regions of Metro Manila, Ilocos, Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, and Western Visayas, as well as the provinces of Bataan and Zambales. Residents of these areas should watch out for possible flash floods and landslides.
Light to moderate rain will also hit the rest of Luzon and the rest of the Visayas due to the southwest monsoon. Floods are possible in low-lying areas. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
PAGASA also warned that sea travel is risky in the eastern seaboards of Luzon and of the Visayas, as well as the western seaboards of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon.
Based on its latest forecast track, Domeng is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday, June 10.
PAGASA earlier declared the start of the rainy season on Friday, June 8, saying that the rainfall criteria have been met due to "widespread rainfall recorded in most PAGASA stations during the past few days."