• ‘Queenie’ to exit PH on Friday evening

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    Tropical depression “Queenie”has crossed Northern Palawan and is now moving towards the West Philippine Sea and is expected to exit the country by Friday evening, according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

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    In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Samuel Duran said that as of 4 a.m. Tropical Depression “Queenie” was estimated based on all available data at 120 km North of Puerto Princesa City (10.9°N, 118.9°E), with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center. It is forecast to move west northwest at 24 kph.

    With maintaining its speed and movement, he said Queenie is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday evening headed towards Vietnam.

    He added Queenie has made five landfalls one in Surigao del Sur on Wednesday, then in Tagbilaran, Bohol; Dumaguete, Cebu and Palawan on Thursday.

    Since Queenie transversed Palawan, Duran said Palawan, the Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo Islands are still placed under public storm warning signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds is expected in at least 36 hrs).

    PAGASA advised the residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces with storm warning signal no. 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslide.

    Fisherfolks and those with small seacrafts are advised not to venture out over the seaboards of Palawan.

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

    Meanwhile, Duran said most parts of Luzon including Metro Manila will experience cloudy skies with rainshowers on Friday due to northeast monsoon enhanced by tropical depression Queenie while some parts of the Visayas and Mindanao will expect a weather improvement.

    For Friday forecast, PAGASA said Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) and the province of Mindoro will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms while the regions of Ilocos, Cordillera and Cagayan Valley will be cloudy with light rains.

    The rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

    It added moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and coming from the northeast to east over Visayas and Mindanao with moderate to rough seas.

    Meanwhile, Duran said the agency monitors another weather disturbance inside the PAR.

    Duran said the Low Pressure Area (LPA) was estimated at 1,000 km east southeast of Southern Mindanao (4.0˚N, 135.0˚E) still not affecting the country.

    He added the LPA ha slim chance to intensify into a tropical cyclone but they continue to monitor.

    Once it intensifies into a tropical depression inside the country it will be locally named “Ruby”, the 18th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year. PNA

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