Typhoon Dodong Threatens to Hit Luzon Philippines on May 10, 2015 and become Super Typhoon


Viral: Typhoon Dodong intensifies more and threatens to hit Luzon, Philippines on May 10, 2015. Dodong may become super typhoon as it moves closer to the Philippines. The typhoon is now packing 140 kph of wind and gustiness up to 170 kph according to PAG-ASA on Thursday.

A forecast by independent weather monitoring group Weather Philippines shows it may become a super typhoon by Saturday, May 9.

Their track prediction shows Dodong with wind speeds of 195 to 230 km/h on that day. PAGASA defines a super typhoon as a weather system with winds of more than 220 km/h.

'Luzon should prepare'

Perez said Dodong may still "curve slightly upwards or downwards," which means that "almost" the entire Luzon area should prepare for the typhoon.

"Hindi lang ang Isabela area ang dapat maghanda. Kung mapapansin natin, halos buong Luzon area kailangan maghanda sa mga darating na araw (Almost the entire Luzon area, and not just Isabela, should prepare in the coming days)," he said.

PAGASA's forecast positions as of 11 am:

24 hours (Friday am, May 8): 575 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar
48 hours (Saturday am, May 9): 220 km east of Virac, Catanduanes
72 hours (Sunday am, May 10): Vicinity of Isabela, Cagayan
96 hours (Monday am, May 11): Vicinity of Basco, Batanes
120 hours (Tuesday am, May 12): 495 km north northeast of Basco, Batanes
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