TD 'Quinta" moves slowly; 4 areas remain under storm warning signal – PAGASA

December 27, 2012 11:32 am 

MANILA, Dec. 27 — At least four provinces remian under public storm warning signal no. 1 as tropical depression Quinta (Wukong) slowed down as it approached Coron town in Palawan province early Thursday, state weather forecasters said.

Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said areas under Storm Signal No. 1 includes Occidental Mindoro, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands and Cuyo Island.

PAGASA said Quinta may bring rainfall of 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate to heavy) within its 350-km diameter.

It advised residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under Storm Signal No. 1 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas due to the enhanced northeast monsoon," it added.

Weather forecaster Manny Mendoza also rain over parts of Metro Manila is due to the combined effect of Quinta and the northeast monsoon.

Tropical Depression Quinta was estimated at 90 km southwest of Coron, Palawan (11.6°N, 119.5°E) as of 5 a.m. packed with maximum winds of 55 kph near the center and is moving west at 17 kph.

By Friday morning, it is expected to be 410 km west-southwest of Coron, Palawan, and by Saturday morning, it is expected to be 790 km west-southwest of Coron, Palawan or over the West Philippine Sea.

In its advisory, PAGASA warned of possible flash floods in Bicol, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Romblon and Oriental Mindoro.

It said these areas "will have cloudy skies with moderate to heavy rainshowers and thunderstorms which may trigger flash floods and landslides."

Visayas, Mindanao and the rest of Palawan will be cloudy with light to moderate rain showers or thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will experience cloudy skies with light rain.

Also, moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and coming from the northeast to east over Visayas and Mindanao.

The coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.

Strong to gale force winds associated with the northeast monsoon may affect the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas.

"Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves," PAGASA said. (PNA)



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