Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Tropical Storm Wukong (Quinta) Update #4

Tropical Storm Wukong (Bagyong Quinta) made landfall in Leyte last night and is currently moving across Northern Cebu Island. The storm was last located approximately 80km north of Cebu City or about 70km east of Ormoc, Leyte. Maximum sustained winds remain at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Wukong is moving west northwestward at 20kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has updated their Public Storm Warning Signals.

Signal #2: Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Island, Entire Samar Island, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Biliran, Bohol, Cebu, Camotes Island, Northern Part of Negros Occidental, and Dinagat Province.

Signal #1: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Cuyo Island, Burias Island, Romblon, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Rest of Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Camiguin, Surigao del Norte, and Siargao.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the core of Wukong/Quinta moving across the island of Cebu. The system made landfall in Leyte about 6 hours ago but hasn't really shown any weakening. The low-level center remains intact and is actually more aligned with the convective activity.

Radar from Cebu Station (ClimateX PH)

Latest radar image from Cebu City shows bands of light to moderate rain impacting many islands in the Visayas. Many areas have already reported 100mm of rain, Tacloban has actually received nearly 200mm of rain already! As much as 100mm of rain could still fall today especially across the islands of Cebu, Negros, Panay, and Masbate. Areas to the north such as the Bicol Region are also seeing light to moderate rains with areas such as Albay and Legaspi seeing 10mm of rain per hour.

For the latest radar images, please click HERE (ClimateX PH Website)

Rains will continue to overspread the Central Philippines particularly in Visayas and Bicol area today. Northern Mindanao will also see some light rains but the amounts should be less. Wukong will pass south of Masbate/north of Bacolod in about two hours. By noon, it should be moving across Northern Panay. We're not expecting significant intensification due to continuous land interaction. However, the heavy rains will remain a big threat from this system.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.
Issued (2130 UTC) 530pm PhT 122612

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