MANILA - Tropical storm Quiel remained almost stationary Wednesday but is expected to intensify to a severe tropical storm within 24 hours, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
It was spotted 435 kilometers west-northwest of Coron town, Palawan while packing maximum sustained winds of up to 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 90 kph gusts.
Meanwhile, an active tropical cyclone was spotted outside the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR). Named Typhoon Halong, it was seen 2,965 km east of extreme northern Luzon.
However, the typhoon is not expected to enter PAR, said PAGASA.
Between Wednesday night and Thursday evening, Quiel and the tail-end of a cold front will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Ilocos Region, Batanes, Cagayan (including Babuyan Islands), Apayao, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Antique, and portions of Palawan (Cuyo Islands and Kalayaan Islands).
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will be experienced over Aklan, Iloilo, Guimaras, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Palawan (including Calamian Islands).
Residents of the aforementioned areas, especially those living in areas identified to be highly or very highly susceptible to floods and rain-induced landslides, are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates.
Sea travel is risky, especially for small sea vessels, over the northern and western seaboards of Luzon due to potentially rough sea conditions, said PAGASA.