Issued (0230 UTC) 1030am PhT 112814
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Tropical Depression 21W (Bagyong Queenie) has intensified into Tropical Storm Sinlaku this morning as it moves away from the Palawan. The system was last located approximately 230km northwest of Puerto Princesa City. Maximum sustained winds are now at 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Sinlaku is moving westward at 30kph.
As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has kept Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Palawan, Calamian Group of Islands, and Cuyo Islands.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the cluster of clouds associated with TS Sinlaku is now moving away from the Philippines. Rains will continue for Palawan and nearby islands this morning but should end later this afternoon. A low pressure area east of Mindanao, however, will move into the region and could bring another round of rains beginning tomorrow.
Tropical Storm Sinlaku will continue moving quickly westward across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea) and should exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility tonight. It could intensify further in the coming days but should not reach Typhoon-status. Tropical Storm Sinlaku is forecast to make landfall in Central Vietnam by Sunday morning.
We'll have another update later tonight.