MANILA- At least three provinces in Luzon are now under public storm warning signal no. 3 as Typhoon “Dodong” has maintained its strength as it approaches the eastern coast of Luzon, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) on Saturday.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said that as of 11 a.m. Dodong was located at 435 km east of Infanta, Quezon (14.6°N,125.7°E) packed with maximum sustained winds has increase to 160 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center while its gustiness up to 195 kph.

The typhoon is moving west-northwest at 20 kph.

With its current speed and movement, it is estimated to make landfall over the coast of Isabela-Cagayan area by Sunday early morning (May 10), will exit the landmass via Aparri, Cagayan by Sunday afternoon (May 10) and will exit PAR by Monday evening (May 11)..

Meanwhile, PAGASA said that areas under signal no. 3 (winds of 101-185 kilometers per hour expected in at least 18 hours) are the provinces of Cagayan, Isabela and northern Aurora.

The potential impacts of the winds under signal no. 3 were the following:

•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 percent) 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.

The provinces of Calayan and Babuyan Group of Island, Apayao, Kalinga, Mt. Province, Nueva Vizcaya, Ifugao, rest of Aurora, Polillo Island, Catanduanes, Qurino is under signal no. 2 (Winds of 61-100 kilometers per hour expected in at least 24 hours).

Storm surge is possible over coastal areas under warning signal no. 2.

He added the public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds is expected in at least 36 hours) is still hoisted over the provinces of Batanes, Abra, Ilocos Sur, Ilocos Norte, Benguet, Nueva Ecija, Quezon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Northern Samar.

Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.

Storm surges of up to 2.5 meters are possible over the eastern coast of Camarines Sur, Quezon and Isabela.

Fisherfolks are advised not to venture out over the eastern seaboard of Visayas.

It is advised to refrain from outdoor activities particularly along beaches of the eastern section of Luzon starting Saturday (May 9) until Sunday (May 10).

The estimated rainfall amount is from heavy to intense within the 200-km diameter of the typhoon.

Dodong is expected to be in vicinity of Tuguegarao City (17.3°N, 122.3°E) by Sunday morning.

By Monday morning it is forecast to be at 190 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes (22.0°N, 122.8°E); and by Tuesday morning is expected to be at 950 km northeast of Basco, Batanes. (27.0°N, 128.0°E). PNA

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