Quinta now a severe tropical storm, more Luzon, Visayas areas under Signal No. 2

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 25) — More areas in Luzon and Visayas will experience heavy rains as tropical storm Quinta (international name: Molave) has further intensified into a severe tropical storm, weather bureau PAGASA said Sunday.

Tropical Cyclone Warning Signal No. 2 was hoisted at noon Sunday over Masbate, including Buriao and Ticao Islands, central portion of Quezon, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island. Other areas earlier placed under the cyclone warning signal were Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, southern Quezon, Batangas, Marinduque, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Northern Samar.

Areas under Signal No. 2 will experience winds of greater than 61 kilometers per hour (kph) and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours. Winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities, while sea and coastal waters are dangerous to small seacrafts.

Meanwhile, Signal No. 1 has been raised over the following areas in Luzon: the rest of Quezon, Laguna, Rizal, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, the southern portion of Zambales, and Calamian Islands.

In the Visayas, areas under Signal No. 1 are: The northern portion of Samar, the northern portion of Eastern Samar, the northern portion of Capiz, Aklan, the northern portion of Antique, and the northeastern portion of Iloilo.

Areas under Signal No. 1 will experience 30-60 kph winds which may cause little damage to high-risk structures. They may also experience occasional gusts in the next 36 hours.

PAGASA last located Quinta 180 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, with stronger maximum winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 115 kph as it moves westward.

Quinta to make landfall later today

Quinta is expected to make landfall over Catanduanes-Albay-Sorsogon area Sunday afternoon or evening. Prior to landfall, it may even intensify into a severe tropical storm, according to PAGASA.

Weather forecaster Benniston Estareja said that Quinta may also make multiple landfalls when it moves west over the rest of Southern Luzon, particularly in southern Quezon, Marinduque and Batangas.

Quinta may also turn into a typhoon once it crosses the West Philippine Sea, PAGASA said, adding it will likely exit Philippine territory Tuesday evening.

The trough of Quinta is forecast to bring stormy weather condition over Bicol region, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Romblon, Mindoro provinces and Northern Samar. Flash floods or landslides due to at times heavy rains are possible.

The trough of the tropical storm will also cause moderate to heavy rains with gusty winds over Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Eastern Samar, Samar and Biliran.

The rest of the country will have cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms due to the weather system, PAGASA said.