Tropical Storm Quedan gains strength, heads for Korea-A A +A
Wednesday, October 2, 2013
STATE weather forecasters located the center of Tropical Storm Quedan (Fitow) at 880 km east of Tuguegarao City at 4:00 a.m. Wednesday, moving northward at 17 kph.
Quedan intensified, with winds of about 85 kph near its center and gustiness of up to 100 kph. If it will not change its course, the cyclone will leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday morning and continue to move toward South Korea.
Tropical Storm Quedan is the 17th cyclone to enter PAR. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that about three cyclones are expected to enter PAR this October.
In its 5:00 a.m. advisory, Pagasa said that Quezon Province, Bicol Region, Visayas and Mindanao should expect cloudy skies with light to moderate rain and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon will have partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rain and thunderstorms.
Meanwhile, Hanging Amihan or the Northeast Monsoon is expected to take place mid-October, Pagasa forecasters said. Amihan is a weather system that forms in Siberia, Mongolia and northern China during winter. Pagasa forecasters said that once Amihan sets in, the western part of the country should have "cold and dry" season. (SFP/Sunnex)