MANILA (26-Dec-2012/PNA) – The state weather bureau on Wednesday downgraded “Quinta” into a tropical depression and only 13 areas from former 31 remained under storm signal number one.
Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Samuel Duran said Quinta has also accelerated and may exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility(PAR)on Thursday night.
“Si Quinta ay humina, ngayon tropical depression na lang,” Duran said adding that Quinta now has maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour(kph) and no more gustiness.
Duran said that as of 10:00 a.m., Quinta was estimated at the vicinity of Roxas City, Capiz and moving west at 24 kph.
PAGASA, on its 11:00 a.m. update, said Quinta is expected to be at 270 km west of Coron, Palawan on Thursday morning.
He said areas under storm signal no. 1 are Mindoro provinces, Romblon, Masbate, Burias Island,Northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Marinduque, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Negros provinces, Cebu and Guimaras.
Public Storm Warning Signal elsewhere now lowered, the weather agency said.
PAGASA advised residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signal 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. (PNA)