Quedan intensifies further, now a typhoon-A A +A
Friday, October 4, 2013
TROPICAL Storm Quedan (international name Fitow) intensified into a typhoon early Friday, state weather forecasters said.
In its 5 a.m. bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Quedan was estimated at 720 km East Northeast of Itbayat, Batanes as of 4 a.m.
Pagasa said Quedan had maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph. It was moving north at 7 kph.
For Friday, Pagasa said Bicol, Palawan, Visayas and Zamboanga Peninsula will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country may be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly in the afternoon or evening, it said.
Also, Pagasa said moderate to strong winds from the north to northwest will prevail over northern and eastern section of Luzon, and its coastal waters will be moderate to rough.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said strong to gale force winds associated with Typhoon Quedan may affect the northern and eastern seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.
It advised fishing boats and other small seacraft "not to venture out into the sea," and advised larger sea vessels against big waves. (JK/Sunnex)