'Dante' now heading towards Bataan Peninsula-Southern Zambales area

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 2) — Tropical Storm Dante is now heading towards the Bataan Peninsula-Southern Zambales area after crossing the southwestern portion of Batangas, state weather bureau PAGASA said in its latest bulletin.

At 10 p.m., PAGASA said Dante was seen over the coastal waters of Nasugbu, Batangas. It has maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

The following areas are under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 2:

- The extreme portion of Oriental Mindoro

- The extreme northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands

- Batangas

- Cavite

- Bataan

- The southwestern portion of Bulacan

- The western portion of Pampanga

- Zambales

- The western portion of Tarlac

- The western portion of Pangasinan

These areas should expect strong to gale-force winds that may cause light to moderate damage to structure and vegetation, PAGASA warned.

Signal No. 1 remains hoisted over these areas:

- The rest of the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro

- The rest of the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro

- The western portion of Quezon

- Laguna

- Metro Manila

- Rizal

- The rest of Bulacan

- The rest of Pampanga

- The rest of Tarlac

- The western portion of Nueva Ecija

- The rest of Pangasinan

- The southern portion of Benguet

- La Union

PAGASA said moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may occur over the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Islands, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro, Cavite, Batangas, Bataan, Zambales, and Pangasinan.

Llight to moderate with at times heavy rains are likely to drench Cordillera Administrative Region, Metro Manila, Calamian Islands, Romblon, Marinduque, and the rest of Ilocos Region, Central Luzon, and Calabarzon, it added.

PAGASA warned of possible flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in high-risk areas.

Dante is expected to move generally northeastward and pass over the Luzon Strait close to the southern coast of Taiwan.

The storm is also forecast to weaken into a tropical depression Thursday evening and into a remnant low by Saturday, the weather bureau added.

So far, three people have died due to Dante, according to data from the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).

Fatalities were recorded in Davao de Oro, Davao del Sur, and South Cotabato, according to the NDRRMC. Two were injured in Davao Oriental while one person is missing in Soccsksargen. Search and rescue operations are ongoing for the missing 55-year-old man.