By Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz
Another tropical cyclone is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) within 36 to 48 hours and will be named “Quedan.”
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of the tropical depression at 1,935 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao before noon today. It remains outside the country’s area of responsibility today.
The cyclone has a maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 65 kph. It is forecast to move northwest at 20 kph.
PAGASA said the tropical cyclone will be given a local name of “Quedan” once inside the PAR. It will be the second cyclone to enter the PAR this month and 17th this year.
By tomorrow morning, it is expected at 1,510 km east-northeast of Virac, Catanduanes, and by Thursday morning at 1,335 km east of Basco, Batanes or still outside the country’s area of responsibility.
As of this posting, the intertropical convergence zone or ITCZ is the prevailing weather system that is affecting Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Tomorrow, Mindanao, Western Visayas and Palawan will have cloudy skies with scattered rains and thunderstorms due to the ITCZ.
PAGASA warned of possible light to moderate with occasional heavy rains, which may cause flooding or landslides, strong winds and lightning over these areas.
Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening due to localized thunderstorms.