Friday, September 30, 2011

Typhoon Quiel to hit land in the Philippines Saturday - 30th Sept 2011

JUST AFTER typhoon Pedring battered Luzon this week, another typhoon, Quiel (international name: Nalgae) entered Philippine territories Friday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) said Quiel intensified and is expected to make landfall in Cagayan and Isabela on Saturday morning, instead of Saturday afternoon as earlier predicted.

In a weather bulletin, Pagasa said Quiel is expected to be at 40 kilometers (km) east of Laoag City or 90 km northwest of Tuguegarao City on Saturday afternoon and at 570 km West of Laoag City by Sunday afternoon.

The typhoon, with maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 170 kph, is expected to enhance southwest monsoon and will bring scattered to widespread rains over Southern Luzon and Western Visayas.

Storm signal no. 3 (expect winds of 101-185 kph) was hoisted in Cagayan and Isabela on Friday. The provinces of Northern Aurora, Quirino, Ifugao, Mt. Province, Kalinga, Apayao, Calayan and Babuyan Group of Islands was placed under storm signal no. 2 (expect winds of 61-100 kph). Signal no. 1 (expect winds of 45-60 kph) was hoisted in the rest of Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Pangasinan, Benguet, La Union, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and Abra.

Pagasa warned those in low lying and mountainous areas under storm warning signals against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, "those living in coastal areas are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," it added.

The weather disturbance is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Sunday afternoon. Read More