Tropical Storm ‘Domeng’ maintains strength as it accelerates north over PH Sea

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, July 1) — Tropical Storm ‘Domeng’ has maintained its strength, accelerating northward at 20 kilometers per hour over the Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said.

In its 11 p.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Domeng was estimated at 995 km east of extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

While no storm warning signal is raised, PAGASA said the Southwest Monsoon enhanced by Domeng and Severe Tropical Storm “Chaba” (formerly “Caloy”) will bring occasional gusty conditions reaching strong breeze to gale-force in strength over extreme Northern Luzon, the northern and western portions of Luzon, and the western portion of Visayas.

The state weather bureau added that gale warning is still in effect in the western seaboards of Luzon.

Domeng is forecast to gradually accelerate northward or north northwestward until Saturday morning and then northwestward for the remainder of the day.

It may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Saturday morning or afternoon.

The weather system is still seen to gradually intensify and reach severe tropical storm category in the next 36 hours.