'Quinta' weakens after landfall

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 26 2012 07:22 AM | Updated as of Dec 26 2012 07:42 PM

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 6:30 a.m., 26 December 2012

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Quinta" (international name: Wukong) has slightly weakened after making landfall in various parts of the Visayas, the state weather bureau said.

Quinta slammed into parts of Eastern Visayas on Tuesday evening, bringing rains to the provinces of Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Northern Bohol.

PAGASA said as of 5 a.m., Quinta was already in the vicinity of Catmon, Cebu. From its previous wind strength of 75 kilometers per hour, the storm is now packing 65 kph with gusts of up to 80 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Bohol, Cebu, Camotes Island, and northern part of Negros Occidental.

Signal number 1, on the other hand, remains hoisted over the following areas:

  • Catanduanes
  • Camarines Sur
  • Albay
  • Cuyo Island
  • Burias Island
  • Romblon
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Antique
  • Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Camiguin
  • Surigao Del Norte
  • Siargao

PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said the storm is expected to further weaken.

"Bahagya nga itong humina dahil kagabi hanggang ngayon marami siyang kalupaan na [tinamaan]… mamayang hapon, nakalampas na ito sa area ng Cebu," Cada told dzMM.

The storm was moving west at 20 kph. With this speed and direction, Quinta will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday.

An estimated rainfall amount of 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy - intense) is expected within the storm's 350-km diameter.

Cada said in Tacloban, where some families fled their homes for fear of flashfloods and landslides, a heavy rainfall amount of 100 mm per hour was recorded in a 3-hour period.

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

Fishing boats and other small sea crafts are also advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and the northern seaboard of Mindanao.

Quinta, the second weather disturbance to enter PAR this December, spared the Mindanao area of heavy rains. The region's provinces of Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley have yet to recover from the devastation brought by Typhoon Pablo which claimed over 1,000 lives.