Severe tropical storm ‘Quiel’ to develop into typhoon within 48 hours

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm ‘Quiel’ has intensified into a severe tropical storm category as it moves slowly towards the east direction, according to state weather service PAGASA.

Based on PAGASA’s latest bulletin, STS Quiel was located at 360 kilometers West Northwest of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 115 kph.

According to PAGASA, the active weather system will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains will be experienced over Cagayan including the Babuyan Islands and Apayao between today (November 7) and tomorrow (November 8).

Likewise, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will affect Kalinga, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Zambales, Bataan, Palawan, Mindoro Provinces, Antique, Iloilo and Guimaras.

PAGASA advised residents in the said areas to take precautionary measures against possible landslides and flash floods, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates from the weather agency.

Likewise, sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea vessels, over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon due to rough sea conditions.

No tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) has been raised, according to PAGASA.

The weather agency said STS Quiel is expected to develop into a typhoon within 48 hours however, there is a slim chance for the weather system to make landfall in any part of the country.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy and cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to the effects of localized thunderstorms throughout the day.

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