Quedan maintains strength, moves north northwestward-A A +A
Thursday, October 3, 2013
(Updated) TROPICAL Storm Quedan (international name Fitow) maintained is strength and continues to trail north northwest over the Philippine Sea, state weather forecasters said Thursday.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 10:00 a.m., Quedan was seen at 680 km East of Basco, Batanes.
While Quedan is not expected to affect any part of the country, Pagasa warned fishermen and small seacraft against going to the eastern seaboard of Luzon, due to the risk of encountering big waves.
According to Pagasa, Quedan packed maximum winds of 105 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph and is forecast to move north-northwest at 9 kph.
"Tropical Storm Quedan is expected to be at 660 km Northeast of Basco, Batanes by Friday morning and at 600 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes or at 530 km East of Taiwan by Saturday morning. By Sunday morning, it is expected to be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at 540 km Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes or at 230 km East of Northern Taiwan," Pagasa said.
Western Visayas and Cagayan, Zambales, Bataan and Northern Palawan may have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms, it added.
Meanwhile, Pagasa said Metro Manila and the rest of the country may be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms. (JK/Sunnex)