MANILA - Weather disturbance Quiel has intensified into a typhoon while remaining almost stationary over the West Philippine Sea, the state weather bureau said Friday.
In PAGASA's 5 p.m. bulletin, Quiel was spotted approximately 430 kilometers west of Coron town, Palawan while packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 150 kph gusts while moving southwest at 15 kph.
The typhoon is not expected to hit land, PAGASA said. It is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) between Friday and Saturday morning.
Northern Luzon, meanwhile, will still experience cloudy skies brought by the tail-end of a cold front.
Residents of Batanes, Calayan, Babuyan, Cagayan, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Cavite, western coast of Batangas, Occidental Mindoro and Palawan were warned of high waves of up to 4.5 meters brought partly by Quiel and the northeast monsoon.
Between Friday and Saturday afternoon, moderate with occasional heavy rains will still be experienced over Cagayan, including Babuyan islands, Apayao and Ilocos Norte.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will affect Mindoro Provinces and Palawan.