• TS ‘Quedan’ intensifies into typhoon

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    Tropical storm ‘Quedan’ intensified into a typhoon and expected to lingerinside the country’s territory until Sunday due to its slow movement, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said on Friday.

    PAGASA defines a typhoon an intense tropical cyclone with maximum wind speed exceeding 118 kph.

    Weather Forecaster Chris Perez as of 4:00 a.m. the eye of Typhoon “Quedan” was located based on all available data at 720 km east northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (21.7°N,129.7°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It is forecast to move north at 7 kph.

    However, Perez said “Quedan” continues to have no direct effect to any part of the country since it remains too far from the Philippines’ landmass.

    He said Quedan forecast to move north at 7 kph and will likely hover off the Pacific Ocean until it exits on Sunday morning headed towards southern Japan.

    For Friday forecast, Perez said Bicol Region, Palawan, Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of the Intertropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ).

    The rest of the country including Metro Manila will continue to have partly cloudy skies to at times cloudy with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.

    Perez said that until weekend, most parts of the country will have fair weather with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.

    PAGASA issued gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with Tropical Storm “Quedan” is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.

    “Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. PNA

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