Typhoon Dodong News Update: May 11, 2015

Typhoon Dodong news updates, public storm warning signals, and weather forecast from PAGASA as of Monday, May 11, 2015 are posted here.

In its latest severe weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said the tropical cyclone has slightly accelerated but maintained its strength as it crosses Batanes Group of Islands.

As of 10 a.m. today, Bagyong Dodong was spotted 65 kilometers North Northeast of Basco, Batanes, with maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

It is moving North Northeast at 20 kph.

State forecasters said Typhoon Dodong will be 970 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes, outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Tuesday monrning.

Public Storm Warning Signals

Signal No. 3 (121-170 kph winds expected in 18 hours)
  • Batanes
  • Wave Height: More than 14.0 meters (open sea)
Impacts of the wind:

  • Heavy damage to high–risk structures;
  • Moderate damage to medium- risk structures;
  • Light damage to low-risk structures
  • Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed
  • Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofing’s); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
  • There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
  • Almost all banana plants are downed
  • Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted,
  • Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
  • Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses
  • Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.
Signal No. 2 (61-120 kph expected in 24 hours)
  • Babuyan and Calayan Group of Islands
  • Wave Height: 4.1 to 14 meters (open sea)
Impacts of the wind:
  • Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures;
  • Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures;
  • No damage to very light damage to low risk structures
  • Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
  • A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
  • Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
  • Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
  • Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards
  • In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken
  • Some coconut trees may be tilted with few others broken
  • Rice and corn may be adversely affected
  • Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.
Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph expected in 36 hours)
  • Northern Cagayan
  • Wave Height: 1.25 to 4 meters (open sea)
Impacts of the wind:
  • Very light or no damage to low risk structures.
  • Light damage to medium to high risk structures.
  • Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed and leaves are generally damaged.
  • Twigs of small trees may be broken.
  • Rice crops, however, may suffer significant damage when it is in its flowering stage.
PAGASA forecasters said moderate to heavy rainfall is expected within the 100-km diameter of Typhoon Dodong.

Fisherfolks have been advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Northern and Central Luzon. The public were also advised to refrain from outdoor activities particularly along beaches of Batanes, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands today.