Storm signal No. 1 up as Quinta approaches

Published October 24, 2020, 5:55 PM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 1 was raised over parts of Bicol region, Southern Luzon, and Eastern Visayas Saturday afternoon due to the approaching tropical depression “Quinta.”

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted Signal No. 1 over Marinduque, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Northern Samar, northern portion of Masbate (Mobo, Uson, Milagros, Masbate City, Baleno, Mandaon, Balud, Aroroy, and Dimasalang), Ticao and Burias Islands, and southern portion of Quezon (Atimonan, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Lopez, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Mulanay, Buenavista, San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco, Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan, Quezon, Alabat, and Perez).

These areas may experience 30 to 60 kilometers per hour winds or intermittent rains within 36 hours from the time the tropical cyclone warning was raised.

PAGASA said Signal No. 1 could also be raised over Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, Rizal, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Romblon, and the rest of Quezon  in the next severe weather bulletin at 11 p.m. Saturday.

PAGASA last spotted Quinta 610 kilometers east of Juban, Sorsogon around 4 p.m. Saturday, moving at 20 kph with maximum sustained winds of 55 kph and gustiness of up to 70 kph. 

PAGASA projection shows the tropical cyclone moving generally west-northwest Saturday,  turn west by Sunday morning through Monday towards Bicol. It may continue to move west and cross Southern Luzon on Monday on its way to the West Philippine Sea.

As Quinta is still over the sea, it could steadily intensify into a tropical storm (with maximum wind speed from  62 to 88 kph) within 12 hours and may become a severe tropical storm (with maximum wind speed of 89 to 117 kph) prior to landfall, the State weather bureau said.

Quinta will be 160 kms east of Virac, Catanduanes  Sunday afternoon; in the vicinity of Mainit, Batangas by Monday afternoon;  545 kms west of Tanauan City in Batangas by Tuesday afternoon; and 910 kms west of Central Luzon or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday afternoon.

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, the tropical cyclone may continue intensifying over the West Philippine Sea, PAGASA said.

As early as Saturday, the trough or advancing clouds of Quinta, as well as the extension of severe tropical storm “Saudel” (“Pepito” when it was still inside the PAR) will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Quezon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, Palawan, Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, most of Visayas, Zamboanga Sibugay, Zamboanga del Norte, Zamboanga del Sur, Lanao del Sur, Maguindanao, Basilan, Sulu, Tawi-Tawi, Bukidnon, Camiguin, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Lanao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur. 

A stationary front currently extending over extreme Northern Luzon associated with the surge of cold northeasterly winds will bring moderate to heavy rains over Batanes, Cagayan, and the northern portions of Apayao and Ilocos Norte.

By Monday until Tuesday, Quinta will likely bring wind gusts with moderate to at times heavy rains over the Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Mimaropa, Calabarzon, and Metro Manila.

The rest of Visayas and Central Luzon may have scattered rain showers and thunderstorms. 

The rest of Luzon will be cloudy with scattered rain showers, while Mindanao may experience generally “fair weather” apart from isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.