Dodong maintains strength; 7 areas under Signal No. 1
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MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – PAGASA has raised public storm warning signal number 1 over 7 areas as Typhoon Dodong (international name: Noul) maintained its strength on Friday morning, May 8.
As of 4 am Friday, the typhoon was located at 595 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It packs maximum sustained winds of 150 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 185 km/h.
The typhoon has slowed down as it moves west northwest in direction at 17 km/h.
Public storm warning signal number 1 is still raised over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Polillo Island, and Northern Samar.
The same storm signal is expected to be raised over Quezon, Aurora and Isabela by 11 am Friday.
PAGASA earlier said there is a possibility for Dodong to develop into a super typhoon because of its pattern of intensifying. It was earlier forecasted that Dodong will hit land in the Isabela-Cagayan area on Sunday, May 10.
But independent weather monitoring group Weather Philippines said in its 1:30 am Friday bulletin that the typhoon will potentially make landfall "somewhere along the shores of Northern Aurora or Eastern Isabela" Monday morning, May 11.
The group's Advance Intensity Forecast also showed that by Saturday, Dodong's 10-minute maximum sustained winds could increase up to 200 km/h.
The Japan Meteorological Agency classifies Dodong as a "strong" typhoon.
The next bulletin on Dodong will be issued at 11 am Friday. – Rappler.com