TS Quiel to develop into severe tropical storm within 24 hours

Marje Pelayo

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical Storm Quiel slightly intensifies as it moves almost stationary over the West Philippine Sea, the state weather service PAGASA said.

As of 10:00 AM on Wednesday (November 6), the center of the weather system was observed at 465 km West Southwest of Subic, Zambales or 465 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan, packed with maximum sustained winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph.

PAGASA forecasts that between today and tomorrow morning (November 7), tropical storm Quiel will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Batangas, Mindoro Provinces, Palawan, and Western Visayas.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will be experienced over Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley Region due to TS Quiel and the Tail-End of a Cold Front.

Residents of the aforementioned areas are advised to take precautionary measures and continue monitoring for updates from PAGASA on the course of the weather system.

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

TS Quiel forecast to intensify into a Severe Tropical Storm within 24 hours and remains less likely to make landfall in any part of the country.

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