Tropical Depression Choi-Wan (named Dante locally) intensified into a tropical storm on May 31 as it entered the Philippines. Since, hundreds have been displaced by flooding and landslides in southern and central regions. Additionally, 3,000+ passengers and cargo handlers were stranded in seaports after sea travel was suspended by the coast guard.
Forecasters said Choi-Wan was southwest of central Masbate province early Wednesday with sustained winds of 65 kph and gusts of up to 90 kph. It was moving north-westward and may weaken as it blows toward the South China Sea on Thursday. The storm is forecasted to continue bringing heavy rainfall, strong winds and rough seas to coastal areas of the eastern Philippines over the coming days.
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