Typhoon “Quedan” has slightly intensified and accelerated while moving northwest over the Philippine Sea, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Adminis-tration (Pagasa) said on Saturday.
Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said that as of 6 a.m. Saturday, the eye of typhoon Quedan was located at 640-km northeast of Itbayat, Batanes (24.3°N, 128.0°E) packed with maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.
However, Quedan has no direct effect on any part of the country since it remains too far from any Philippine landmass.
The typhoon, with its present movement and speed, will just hover over the Pacific Ocean until it exits Saturday afternoon or evening, heading towards southern Japan.
Meanwhile, Palawan, Wes-tern Visayas, and Mindanao will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rains because of the Intertropical Convergence Zone.
The rest of the country, on the other hand, will continue to have partly cloudy skies with possible isolated rains in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.
Pagasa issued a gale warning as strong winds associated with typhoon Quedan is expected to affect the northern and eastern seaboards of northern 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.