Viral: Typhoon Dodong intensified and became a strong typhoon. Dodong may possibly hit Luzon, Philippines on May 10, 2015 and may become super typhoon before it made landfall.
Typhoon Dodong (Noul) has slightly intensified, packing maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers/hour with gusts of 170 km/h, state weather bureau PAGASA. Dodong enters the PAR early Thusrday.
'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