INTENSIFYING into a tropical storm, “Quinta” (international name: “Molave) is making its landfall over the Catanduanes-Albay-Sorsogon area between this afternoon and evening, prompting the state-run weather bureau to raise Signal No. 2 in many parts of Luzon.
Afterwards, it will traverse the Southern Luzon area until tomorrow afternoon; then, turn west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea), according to the 11 a.m. (Sunday) advisory of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Likely to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday afternoon, “Quinta,” at 10 a.m. of Sunday, was estimated at 180 kilometers east of Virac, Catanduanes, Pagasa said.
Moving westward at 25 kilometer per hour, the tropical storm has maximum sustained winds of 95 kmh near the center and gustiness of up to 115 kph.
Signal No. 2 was hoisted over Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate (including Burias and Ticao Islands), the 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 and San Francisco), Batangas, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro and Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island.
In Visayas, the same storm signal was raised over Northern Samar, said the weather bureau.
Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 was raised over Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southern portion of Zambales (San Marcelino, San Felipe, San Narciso, Castillejos, Subic, San Antonio, Olongapo City, Botolan and Cabangan), Calamian Islands and the rest of Quezon.
Also in the Visayas, a similar storm signal was raised over the northern portion of Samar (Calbayog City, Matuguinao, Tagapul-An, Sto. Nino, Almagro, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, San Jose de Buan, Pagsanghan, Tarangnan, San Jorge, Catbalogan City, Jiabong, Motiong and Paranas), the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Jipapad, Arteche, San Policarpo, Oras, Dolores, Can-Avid and Taft), the northern portion of Capiz (Sapi-An, Ivisan, Roxas City, Panay, Pilar, Pontevedra and President Roxas), Aklan, the northern portion of Antique (Caluya, Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste and Culasi) and the northeastern portion of Iloilo (Batad, Balasan, Estancia and Carles).
After crossing the Philippine archipelago, this tropical cyclone will continue intensifying over the West Philippine Sea, reaching the typhoon category by Tuesday, Pagasa said.
Today until tomorrow morning, it said “Quinta” will bring moderate to heavy with, at times, intense rain over Bicol Region, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon), Aurora, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Calamian Islands, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Aklan and Antique.
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 added.
“These two weather systems will also bring light to moderate with, at times, heavy rains over Metro Manila, Cordillera Administrative Region, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga and the rest of Visayas, Cagayan Valley, Central Luzon and Mimaropa (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan),” it said.