Tropical depression ‘Quinta’ may make landfall in Bicol

Published October 23, 2020, 8:12 PM

by Alexandria Dennise San Juan

The low-pressure area east of Mindanao developed into a tropical depression Friday afternoon and was locally named “Quinta” and may make a landfall in Bicol Region on Monday, October 26, the state weather bureau announced.

In its latest weather update, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta was spotted 880 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte as of 4 p.m. Friday.

It has maximum sustained winds of 45 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 55 kilometers per hour while moving slowly westward.

PAGASA Weather Specialist Raymond Ordinario said Quinta is not affecting the weather over any parts of the country at this time.

However, it is forecast to reach a tropical storm category by Sunday, October 25, before its expected landfall over the Bicol Region on Monday, October 26.

Based on its forecast track, the tropical depression will continue to move westward over the inland seas of Southern Luzon after crossing the Bicol Region and then emerge over the West Philippine Sea by Tuesday, October 27.

Quinta is the country’s 17th tropical cyclone this year and the fourth for October alone. It comes just a day after Typhoon “Pepito” (international name: Saudel) left the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) Thursday morning.

According to PAGASA, Pepito was already 615 kilometers west of Northern Luzon and moving northwestward at 10 kilometers per hour (kph), away from PAR.

It is still in the typhoon category as it still packs maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gusts of up to 170 kph.

Though outside PAR, Pepito’s trough or extension is still bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Western Visayas, Zamboanga Peninsula, Palawan, Basilan, Sulu, and Tawi-Tawi.

While cloudy skies with scattered rain showers and thunderstorms will be experienced over Batanes, Cagayan, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte, due to the tail-end of a cold front.

PAGASA warned residents in these areas on possible flash floods or landslides during moderate to at times heavy rains

In Metro Manila and the rest of the country, partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers will prevail due to localized thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds associated with the typhoon and the surge of northeasterly surface windflow will be experienced over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon.

With this, a gale warning remains over the coasts of  Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, western coast of Batangas, and Palawan.

PAGASA warned that sea travel is risky, especially for small seacraft, over seaboards where a gale warning was raised due to rough to very rough sea conditions and wave height of up to 5.5 meters.

The country gets an average of 20 tropical cyclones annually and PAGASA said that more rains are expected due to the onset of La Niña.