Tropical storm 'Dindo' threatens Philippines coast

MANILA - Tropical Storm "Dindo" (international name: Doksuri) continues to threaten extreme northern Luzon as it moves west northwestward at 19 kilometers per hour, the state-run weather bureau said early Thursday.

In its 5 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said heavy to intense rainfall was expected within the 400-kilometer diameter of the storm.

According to Pagasa, Dindo was estimated at 260 kilometers east of Appari, Cagayan as of 4 a.m. Thursday.

The storm, packing maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour and gusting up to 90 kilometers per hour, would make a landfall in Cagayan Thursday afternoon or evening, forecasters said.

"It could further intensify, but not that strong before it hits land," Pagasa administrator Nathaniel Servando said in a briefing.

Pagasa raised Storm Signal No. 2 over Cagayan, including Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands, Isabela, Batanes Group of Islands, Apayao, Kalinga, Ilocos Norte, Abra and Mt. Province.

Signal No. 1 was up over La Union, Ilocos Sur, Aurora, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino and Benguet.

By Friday morning, Dindo is expected to be at 190 kilometers north northwest of Appari, Cagayan and at 530 kilometers northwest of Basco, Batanes by Saturday morning, Pagasa said.

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