Storm Quinta slams into Eastern Samar, Leyte

by Jojo Malig,

Posted at Dec 25 2012 11:21 PM | Updated as of Dec 26 2012 04:18 PM

US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) animated gif of Tropical Storm Quinta hitting the central Philippine islands Tuesday night.

Storm warnings raised over 28 areas

MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) - Tropical Storm Quinta slammed into Homonhon Island in Eastern Samar at between 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

The storm is causing heavy to intense rains over Samar, Leyte, Cebu and Northern Bohol.

It may cause floods and landslides in Samar, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

The storm, with international name Wukong, is bringing estimated rainfall of 10 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 350-kilometer diameter.

"These could bring floods and landslides, particularly in landslide-prone areas like southern Leyte and Samar," PAGASA's Nathaniel Servando said.

Servando said storm surges of up to 4 meters (13 feet) were also expected along coastal areas in the region.

Public storm warning signal number 2 is raised over Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran and Northern Cebu including Camotes Island in the Visayas, as well as Dinagat Island in Mindanao.

The areas are expected to experience winds of 61 to 100 kilometers per hour in the next 24 hours.

Meanwhile, storm signal number 1 is hoisted over Sorsogon, Catanduanes, Albay, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Island, and Romblon in Luzon; Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Provinces, Bohol, Siquijorm and rest of Cebu in the Visayas; and Siargao, Surigao Del Norte, and Camiguin in Mindanao.

Quinta made second landfall over Abuyog in Leyte province just past midnight, according to PAGASA.

The storm is packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 90 kph. It is moving west at 24 kph.

Quinta  is expected to be at 30 km south of Coron, Palawan by Wednesday night.

The storm will be around 560 km west northwest of Coron, Palawan or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday night, 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. 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," the weather bureau warned.

It also advised owners of fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Visayas and Mindanao.  - with reports from ANC; Agence France-Presse