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Published On: Wed, Dec 26th, 2012

Philippines: Tropical Storm ‘Quinta’ weakens as it crosses Western Visayas

Satellite picture of TS QuintaImage/Pagasa

Satellite picture of TS Quinta
Image/Pagasa

Just three short weeks after Typhoon “Bopha” hammered the Philippines, leaving some 1,050 people dead and more than 800 missing the southern Philippines, according to the latest OCHA Philippines update, another, albeit less intensive storm is crossing the Visayan Islands this Christmas week.

Tropical Storm “Quinta” has hit the western Visayas flooding at least six towns on the island of Leyte. According to the Philippine Information Agency (PIA) Wednesday, the affected municipalities were La Paz, Palo, Burauen, Dagami and Babatngon, according to Danny Pederise of Leyte PDRRMC. Barangay officials reported that several barangays in Tanauan were also flooded.

Hundreds have been affected by the flooding in Leyte province.

In addition, “Quinta” left some 1,600 passengers stranded in several Iloilo ports due to inclement weather.

Fortunately, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa) has downgraded “Quinta” from a tropical storm to a tropical depression as it moves across the region.

According to the latest Pagasa bulletin:

THE CENTER OF TROPICAL DEPRESSION “QUINTA” WAS ESTIMATED BASED ON SATELLITE AND SURFACE DATA AT 90 KM EAST OF CORON, PALAWAN (11.7°N, 121.1°E) WITH MAXIMUM SUSTAINED WINDS OF  55 KPH. IT IS FORECAST TO MOVE  WEST AT  24 KPH.

Signal No. 1 is up in Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Marinduque, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Ilolo, Negros Provinces and Guimaras.

Public storm warning signal elsewhere have been lowered.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate – heavy) within the 350 km diameter of the depression.

 

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