Tropical Storm “Queenie” maintained its strength at 55 kilometers per hour (kph) Thursday and is expected to make its fourth landfall in Palawan on Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.
”It passed through the areas of Surigao, Tagbilaran and Dumaguete and will make its next landfall tomorrow,” PAGASA Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio told PNA.
In an interview, PAGASA Weather Forecaster Chris Perez said that Queenie passed Surigao del Sur at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dumaguete at 5 a.m. and Tagbilaran, Bohol at 4 a.m.Thursday.
PAGASA projects it will be located at 100 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City by Friday morning.
It will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) 590 kilometers west northwest of Puerto Princesa City by Saturday.
On Thursday morning, Queenie will pass through Southern Cebu and Negros Oriental and will be over the southern part of Negros Occidental before 12:00 p.m. It will move northwest at a speed of 24 kilometers per hour (kph).
As of 4 a.m. Thursday, “Queenie’s” center was estimated at the vicinity of Tagbiliran City, Bohol located (9.8°N, 124.0°E).
Meanwhile, Public Storm Warning Signal (PSWS) Number 1 have been set in Southern Leyte, Bohol, Southern Cebu, along with Cebu City, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras Island, Iloilo and Antique.
For Mindanao, the provinces of Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Province, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon and Zamboanga del Norte. 22 areas were declared with PSWS #1 on Wednesday.
Based on PAGASA’s weekly weather outlook, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have cloudy skies and isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms for Thursday and Friday.
The estimated rainfall amount is from 7-15 mm per hour (moderate-heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.
Aside from the winds, Filipinos have another worry for Queenie, as PAGASA cautions residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the province with PSWS No. 1 and Mindanao regarding flashfloods and landslides.
PAGASA has projected that the National Capital Region (NCR) will experience cloudy skies on Friday, brought by cloud rainbands from the tropical storm.
It has issued a gale warning over the eastern seaboard of Visayas for Thursday, warning fisherfolks against heading out to sea. PNA