Tropical Depression Dodong slows down while enhancing monsoon

Dodong is 655 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan, on Tuesday night, June 25, moving at a slower 15 kilometers per hour

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Published: 11:30 PM June 25, 2019

Updated: 11:30 PM June 25, 2019

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Satellite image of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 25, 2019, 10 pm. Image from NOAA

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Depression Dodong slightly slowed down on Tuesday night, June 25, as it continued to enhance the southwest monsoon or hanging habagat.

In a bulletin issued 11 pm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Dodong is 655 kilometers east of Calayan, Cagayan. It is moving northeast at a slower 15 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 25 km/h.

The tropical depression still has maximum winds of 45 km/h and gustiness of up to 60 km/h.

There are no areas under tropical cyclone warning signals. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

According to PAGASA, Dodong "is not expected to make landfall and has no direct impact on any part of the country."

But the southwest monsoon enhanced by Dodong is bringing scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms to the western parts of Luzon and the Visayas on Tuesday night and on Wednesday, June 26.

On Thursday, June 27, monsoon rains may also hit Metro Manila, Western Visayas, and the western parts of Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and Mimaropa.

PAGASA warned residents in those areas to be on alert for possible flash floods and landslides.

Based on Dodong's latest forecast track, it will leave PAR on Wednesday.

Forecast track of Tropical Depression Dodong as of June 25, 2019, 11 pm. Image from PAGASA

The Philippines gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually, but since 2019 is an El Niño year, only 14 to 18 tropical cyclones are expected.

Below is the estimated number of tropical cyclones from July to December:

July - 2 or 3

August - 2 to 4

September - 2 to 4

October - 2 or 3

November - 1 or 2

December - 0 or 1

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com