Tropical Depression Quedan moves away from PHL slowly-A A +A
Monday, September 30, 2013
(Updated) TROPICAL Depression Quedan maintained its strength and is seen to move slowly away from the Philippine sea.
At 10:00 a.m. Monday, Quedan was seen at 800 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 4:00 a.m. Monday.
Quedan packs winds of 55 kph near its center. It is forecast to move north northwestward slowly at 7 kph due to the ridge of high pressure. Forecasters at the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Quedan might leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Tuesday morning.
The cyclone is expected to be at 900 km East of Virac, Catanduanes by Tuesday morning, and at 1,150 km East of Baler, Aurora by Wednesday morning. A day after that, Quedan should be 1,190 km East of Tuguegarao City, if it will not change its course.
Quedan carries an estimated rainfall amount from 5 to 7.5 mm per hour (moderate – occasionally heavy) within its 300 km diameter.
The cyclone is not expected to directly affect the Philippines.
Meanwhile, Palawan, Visayas and Mindanao should expect cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.
"Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms," Pagasa said.
Pagasa also cautioned, "Moderate to occasionally strong winds coming from the Southwest to West will prevail over the eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to occasionally rough, elsewhere winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast to East will prevail over extreme Northern Luzon and from the Southwest over the rest of the country with slight to moderate seas." (SFP/Sunnex)