MANILA, Philippines – The tropical depression being monitored near Central Luzon has entered the Philippine area of Responsibility (PAR) at 8:00AM on Tuesday (November 5), according to the state weather service PAGASA.
Named tropical depression ‘Quiel,’ the weather system was specifically observed at 540 kilometers West Southwest of Iba, Zambales, based on PAGASA’s 11:00AM bulletin.
It is moving East Northeast at 10 kph with maximum sustained winds of 45 kph and gustiness of up to 55 kph.
PAGASA said, between today until Wednesday morning (November 6), the trough of tropical depression Quiel will bring moderate to occasional heavy rains over Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Palawan, Cavite and Batangas.
Similar conditions will also be experienced in Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley Region due to the Frontal System.
Given this weather condition, PAGASA advised residents of these affected areas, especially in landslide-prone areas to take precautionary measures and continue monitoring for updates issued by the weather agency.
Also, sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea vessels, over the northern and western seaboards of Northern Luzon and the western seaboard of Southern Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions.
PAGASA said ‘Quiel’ may intensify into a tropical storm within 24 hours but it is less likely to make landfall on any part of the country.
Meanwhile, the Inter Tropical Convergence Zone (ITCZ) will bring cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms over Caraga and Davao Region.
Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers due to localized thunderstorms.
Furthermore, PAGASA is monitoring an active tropical cyclone outside the PAR.
As of 10:00 AM today, the eye of Typhoon “Halong” was located at 3,110 km East of Extreme Northern Luzon with maximum sustained winds of 155 kph and gustiness of up to 190 kph while moving Northwest at 10 kph.
However, Typhoon ‘Halong’ is less likely to enter the PAR, according to PAGASA.
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