‘Queenie’ to make landfall in Palawan


State weather forecasters announced on Thursday that tropical depression Queenie is expected to make landfall in Palawan early morning today.

Pagasa weather forecaster Ald-czar Aurelio said Queenie has already made three landfalls: one in Surigao del Sur on Wednesday afternoon then Tagbilaran and Dumaguete on Thursday morning.

He added it is expected to make another landfall in Palawan by late evening on Thursday or early morning on Friday.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) also said that at least 12 areas are still under public storm warning signal number 1 as Queenie maintains its strength after crossing the Negros provinces and Panay Gulf.

The areas placed under public storm warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds expected to last for at least 36 hrs) are Palawan, the Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo Islands, Bohol, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras Island, Iloilo, Antique and Zamboanga del Norte.

Pagasa warned the residents of low lying and mountainous areas of the cited provinces as well as those in Romblon and Mindoro of possible flashfloods and landslides.

Estimated rainfall amount is 7-15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 300 km diameter of the Tropical Depression.

Pagasa also advised fisherfolk and those with small seacrafts not to venture out over the seaboards of Palawan, Visayas and northern Mindanao.

The agency however, has lowered the public storm warning signal in some areas.

Aurelio, meanwhile, said Queenie has maintained its maximum sustained winds at 55 kph near the center and is projected to move west at 24 kph.

As of 11 a.m. on Thursday, Queenie was estimated to be located at 125 km Northwest of Dumaguete City or 180 km Southeast of Cuyo, Palawan (10.1° N, 122.5° E)

With maintained movement trajectory and speed, tropical depression Queenie is expected to traverse the Sulu Sea by Thursday evening and is expected to be in mainland Palawan today.

Queenie is expected to be found 180 km west of Puerto Princesa City by Friday afternoon and will exit the western border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility between 5 to 7 p.m.



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