'Quedan' to exit RP, heading to Okinawa, Japan
MANILA - Weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday that tropical storm "Pepeng" (international code name Parma) has started to move inland again towards the northwesternmost part of Luzon, as typhoon "Quedan" (international code name Melor) still moves its way towards Okinawa in Japan.
The bureau's 5 p.m. bulletin placed Pepeng at 50 kilometers north of Laoag City (18.7°N, 120.6°E), moving in a southeastward directioin towards the Ilocos Norte/northern Cagayan area. (See forecast track here)
The storm has maximum sustained winds of 105 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 135 kph.
Public Storm Warning Signal Number 3 has been raised over Batanes, northern Cagayan (including the Babuyan and Calayan groups of islands), Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Abra, and Ilocos Sur. These areas are expected to experience winds of up to 100-135 kph.
Public Storm Warning Signal Number 2 (60-100 kph winds) has been raised over the rest of Cagayan, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, and La Union.
Isabela, Ifugao, Nueva Vizcaya and Pangasinan, meanwhile, are under Signal Number 1 (30-60 kph winds).
"Residents in low-lying areas and near mountain slopes under signals #3, #2 and #1 are advised to take all the necessary precautionary measures against flashfloods and landslides," the bulletin said.
"Those living along the coast in areas under signals #3 and #2 are advised to be on alert against big waves generated by the tropical storm," it added.
PAGASA weather bureau chief Nathaniel Cruz, in a 5 p.m. press briefing, said that Pepeng is forecast to slowly move towards the southwest, heading towards the South China Sea still off the Ilocos coast, in the next 3 days.
He said that Pepeng will remain "almost stationary" as it interacts with Quedan, and most parts of northern Luzon will experience stormy weather.
Meanwhile, PAGASA said that as of 4 p.m. Tuesday, typhoon "Quedan" was located at 900 kms east northeast of Basco, Batanes (24.4°N, 131.0°E) with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and gustiness of up to 200 kph.
Cruz said that if Quedan's movement remains constant in the next few hours, it is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibiliy by Tuesday evening.
He said that the bureau is expected to issue a final bulletin on Quedan Tuesday evening.
PAGASA administrator Prisco Nilo, meanwhile, said that they will only be releasing bulletins starting 11 p.m. Tuesday, ending the live press conferences that were aired from the PAGASA offices since the onslaught of tropical storm Ondoy (international code name Ketsana).
Meanwhile, the PAGASA also reported that as of 4 p.m. the Ambuklao, Binga, and Pantabangan dams have open spillways due to increased water levels.
The bureau also said that due to the rising water levels in San Roque Dam, they are in coordination with the National Power Corporation and local government units in the area for a poan to possibly open the said dam by Tuesday evening or early Wednesday morning to release water.
Also, due to forecast rains in the watershed of the Magat Dam, the said dam's spillway might also be opened.
PAGASA Tracks for tropical storm Pepeng (international code name Parma) (L) and typhoon Quedan (international code name Melor) as of 2 p.m., 06 October 2009. (From www.pagasa.dost.gov.ph)