Tropical storm Queenie has maintained its strength as it continues to move away from the country, while the Low Pressure Area (LPA) inside the country is expected to bring rains in Visayas and Mindanao until weekend, the state weather bureau said on Friday.
In an interview, Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) weather forecaster Fernando Cada said that based on available data as of 4 p.m., tropical storm Queenie was spotted about 420 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City, with maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 26 kph.
Cada said Queenie is expected to exit the western border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) between 7 p.m and 8 p.m.
He also said that the tropical storm had a slim chance to re-curve or return to the country.
Since the tropical storm continues to move away from the country, Pagasa lifted Public Storm Warning Signal elsewhere in the country.
Meanwhile, Cada said the LPA was spotted at about 480 kilometers east of General Santos City.
With the presence of the LPA, Cada said Mindanao, Eastern and Central Visayas would experience cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains and thunderstorms, which might trigger flashfloods and landslides while Western Visayas, Bicol Region, and the province of Palawan would have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms in the next 24 hours.
He also said the LPA has slim chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone but still being monitored.
Once the LPA intensifies into a tropical depression inside the country, it will be locally named Ruby, the 18th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
Cada also said the LPA would follow the track of tropical storm “Queenie” and expected to intensify into tropical cyclone once it moves towards in West Philippine sea.
Cada said the rest of the country, including Metro Manila, will have fair weather until weekend except for isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.