'Quinta' downgraded to tropical depression

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 26 2012 11:42 AM | Updated as of Dec 27 2012 04:15 PM

MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 10:30 a.m., 26 December 2012

Signal 2 lifted in all areas

MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm "Quinta" (international codename: Wukong) was downgraded to a tropical depression Wednesday after making landfall in several parts of Visayas since Tuesday evening.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., Quinta was spotted in the vicinity of Roxas City, Capiz, and was heading towards Western Visayas.

The weather bureau said with Quinta's current speed and direction, it will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday morning.

The tropical depression was packing maximum sustained winds of 55. It picked up speed, now moving west at 24 kph.

Public storm warning signal number 2 has been lifted in all areas. However, signal no. 1, remains hoisted over Mindoro Provinces, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island, Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands and Marinduque.

Estimated rainfall amount is 5 to 15 mm per hour (moderate - heavy) within the tropical depression's 350-km diameter.

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

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