Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Tropical Depression 21W (Queenie) Update #2

Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 112714

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Tropical Depression 21W (Bagyong Queenie) continues to move across Western Visayas and is currently crossing the island of Negros. The center of circulation of TD 21W was last located approximately 70km south southwest of Bacolod City or about 130km west southwest of Cebu City. Maximum sustained winds are now at 55kph with gusts of up to 75kph. TD 21W is moving west northwestward at 30kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, Southern Leyte, Bohol, Southern Cebu (Including Cebu City), Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Guimaras, Iloilo, Antique, Surigao del Norte, Agusan del Norte, Dinagat Province, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, and Zamboanga del Norte.

IR Image from NOAA

Latest visible satellite image shows the clouds associated with TD 21W (Queenie) moving across the island of Negros. The system continues to show improvements despite the continuous land interaction. Banding has tightened and the core has become more symmetrical and better defined. TD 21W will likely reach tropical storm strength as it moves into the Sulu Sea later this afternoon. Further intensification is likely, as well.

Tropical Depression 21W (Queenie) will continue moving westward and will soon affect the island of Palawan. Widespread rains continue across parts of Visayas but are starting to end for Mindanao. The islands of Panay, Guimaras, Negros, and Cebu will continue to see widespread moderate rains along with gusty winds. We expect conditions in these areas to improve tonight.

We'll have another update tomorrow.

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