Tropical depression Quedan has intensified into a tropical storm and expected to stay within the country’s territory until weekend, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
PAGASA defines a tropical storm as moderate tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed of 64 to 118 kph (25 to 75 mph).
Weather Forecaster Manny Mendoza said that as of 4 a.m. Tuesday, tropical storm Quedan (international name Fitow) was located at 790 km east of Virac, Catanduanes packed with maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph. It is forecast to move north at 7 kph.
“Inaasahan natin na magtatagal ito (Quedan) sa loob ng Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) hanggang October 5 o Sabado dahil sa mabagal ang pagkilos nito kung sakaling bumilis by Friday maaring lumabas na ito,” he noted.
“Quedan” is the third cyclone to visit the country this September and the 17th for this year.
Mendoza said “Quedan” is not expected to make landfall in any part of the country.
If it maintains its speed and direction, he said “Quedan” will likely exit the country on Saturday headed towards southern Japan.
He said the cyclone is expected to further intensify before it leaves the Philippine territory.
Mendoza stressed that “Quedan” will have no direct effect to any part of the country since it remains too far from the Philippines’ landmass.
Mendoza said the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will continue to bring cloudy skies with light to moderate rains in Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Palawan, and Bicolregion.
The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to experience partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible thunderstorm rains mostly in the afternoon or evening.
He added that at least two or three cyclones are expected to hit the country this October.
In its advisory, PAGASA said that Palawan, Bicol Region, Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao and Zamboanga Peninsula will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms.
It added that Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA also said that moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the southwest to west will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough.
Elsewhere, light to moderate winds coming from the northeast to northwest will prevail over Northern and Central Luzon and from the southwest to west over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas. PNA