Brace for heavy rains and strong winds as tropical cyclone “Quinta” (international name: “Molave”) is about to make landfall over Camarines Sur-Albay between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday, and afterwards will be traversing Southern Luzon region through Monday. 

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Even before its landfall, “Quinta” has rapidly intensified into a typhoon packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness up to 160 kph.

It was last observed at 70 kilometers east-northeast of Legazpi City in Albay around 4 p.m.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) has raised tropical cyclone wind Signal No. 3 over Catanduanes, eastern part of Camarines Sur (Goa, Ocampo, Bula, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Caramoan, Presentacion, San Jose, Tigaon, Sagnay, Buhi, Iriga City, Baao, Nabua, Bato, Balatan), Albay, Sorsogon, and Burias and Ticao Islands.

Signal No. 2 was raised over Camarines Norte, the rest of Camarines Sur, Masbate, central and southern portions of Quezon (Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Dolores, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Sariaya, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Perez, Alabat, Calauag, Quezon, Tagkawayan, Guinayangan, Lopez, Pitogo, Plaridel, Gumaca, Unisan, Agdangan, Padre Burgos, Macalelon, Catanauan, General Luna, Buenavista, San Narciso, Mulanay, San Andres, San Francisco), southeastern part of Laguna (Paete, Kalayaan, Lumban, Cavinti, Luisiana, Majayjay, Liliw, Rizal, Nagcarlan, San Pablo City, Alaminos, Magdalena, Pagsanjan), Batangas, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, and Northern Samar.

Areas under Signal No. 1 are the rest of Quezon and Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, southern part of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan, Cabangan), Calamian Islands, northern part of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Santo Nino, Almagro, Santa Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong, Paranas), northern part of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid, Taft), northern part of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra, President Roxas), Aklan, northern part of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi), and northeastern part of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia, Carles).

“Quinta” is seen to maintain its westward track until its landfall over Camarines Sur-Albay between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday. 

Afterwards, it will traverse the Southern Luzon area until Monday afternoon, then turn west-northwest over the West Philippine Sea. It is likely to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday afternoon.

After crossing the Philippine archipelago, the tropical cyclone may continue to intensify while over the West Philippine Sea.

Brace for moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Albay, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Sorsogon, Masbate, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Calamian Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Aklan, and Antique in the next 24 hours.

The tail-end of a frontal system will also bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Cagayan, Isabela, Apayao, and Ilocos Norte. 

PAGASA said both weather systems may also cause light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Palawan, Abra, Benguet, Ifugao, Kalinga, Mountain Province Apayao, 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, Surigao del Sur, and the rest of Visayas, Cagayan Valley, and Central Luzon.

The weather bureau warned of possible flooding, rain-induced landslides, or sediment-laden streamflow (lahar) during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards. 

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