In the most recent weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) announced the north northwestward movement of Tropical Depression Dodong towards the northwestern region of Cagayan. As a precautionary measure, PAGASA has raised Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 1 in 12 areas.

According to the latest bulletin released at 8 a.m. by PAGASA, TCWS No. 1 has been hoisted in the following regions: Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, and the northern part of Pangasinan (including San Nicolas, San Manuel, Sison, San Fabian, Pozorrubio, Bolinao, Bani, City of Alaminos, Sual, Labrador, Lingayen, Agno, Binmaley, Dagupan City, San Jacinto, Mangaldan, and Anda).

As of 7:00 a.m., Dodong was located near Lasam, Cagayan, with maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour, gustiness of up to 75 km/h, and a central pressure of 1,000 hPa. PAGASA predicts an accumulated rainfall of 50 to 100 mm over several provinces, including Cagayan, Isabela, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Benguet, Ilocos Norte, La Union, and Pangasinan.

Dodong’s strong winds extend outward up to 180 km from its center, and it is currently moving at a speed of 25 km/h in a north northwestward direction. PAGASA has issued warnings concerning potential flooding and rain-induced landslides, particularly in vulnerable areas and those that have already experienced significant rainfall in recent days. Minor impacts from strong winds, ranging from strong breeze to near gale strength, are also expected in areas under TCWS No. 1.

Furthermore, PAGASA has alerted regions not under any wind signal to expect gusty conditions due to an enhanced Southwest Monsoon affecting Mimaropa, Bicol Region, Western Visayas, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, and other areas of Central Luzon.

Due to Dodong and the enhanced Southwest Monsoon, moderate to rough seas are anticipated over the eastern (up to 2.5 meters) and western (up to 3.5 meters) seaboards of Northern Luzon, as well as the western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon (up to 3.5 meters).

PAGASA has revised the track forecast scenario, indicating that Dodong is now projected to move westward or west northwestward across the northern part of mainland Northern Luzon, potentially emerging over the waters west of the Ilocos Region. It will then continue northwestward over the West Philippine Sea before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday or Sunday. Once outside the PAR, the tropical depression is expected to continue its west northwestward trajectory over the waters south of southern China, according to PAGASA.

PAGASA further predicts that Dodong may intensify into a tropical storm by Saturday afternoon or evening while traversing the West Philippine Sea.

Residents in the affected areas are strongly advised to stay informed and follow the advice and warnings issued by PAGASA and local authorities to ensure their safety during this weather disturbance.