Tropical Storm Quinta threatens 15 areas in the Visayas and Mindanao

Fifteen areas in the Visayas and Mindanao regions were placed under storm alerts as tropical depression Quinta intensified into a storm on Christmas day, the

state weather bureau said Tuesday morning. In its 11 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Quinta was located 260 km east of Guian, Eastern Samar, packing maximum sustained winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It was forecast to move west at 19 kph.

PAGASA said Quinta is expected to be in the vicinity of Leyte by Wednesday morning, and in the vicinity of Coron, Palawan by Thursday morning.

By Friday morning, Quinta is expected to be 450 km west of Coron, Palawan. Under Public Storm Signal 2

(winds of 61-100 kph expected within the next 24 hours) are:

Eastern Samar Leyte Southern Leyte Dinagat Province

Siargao Island

Under Public Storm Signal 1

(winds of 45-60 kph expected within the next 36 hours) are:

Northern Samar

Western Samar Biliran Bohol

Cebu including Camotes Island Surigao del Norte Surigao del Sur Agusan provinces

Misamis Oriental Camiguin

Some of these areas had already been battered by Typhoon Pablo, which has left more than 1,000 dead when it swept through parts of Mindanao and the Visayas before exiting through Palawan early this month. Areas within the 350-km diameter of Storm Quinta should expect rainfall of around 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense), PAGASA said.

"Residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal #2 and #1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides," it said.

"Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone," it added.

PAGASA also warned small seacraft and fishing boats not to venture out into the seas off eastern Luzon, and over the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao. — RSJ/YA, GMA News