Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Tropical Update (TD Queenie)

Issued (0430 UTC) 1230pm PhT 112614

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A low pressure area moving towards the Philippines has been upgraded into Tropical Depression "Queenie" by PAGASA earlier this morning. The system was last located approximately 300km northeast of Davao City and is moving west northwestward at 25kph. Maximum winds around the center are estimated to around 30 to 50kph.

As of 11am this morning, PAGASA has raised Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Southern Leyte, Bohol, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Siquijor, Surigao del Norte, Surigao Island, Surigao del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Compostella Valley, Dinagat Province, Camiguin, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Bukidnon, and Zamboanga del Norte.

VIS Image from NOAA

Latest visible satellite image shows TD Queenie moving near Southern Philippines. Rains are now affecting Visayas and parts of Mindanao and will continue to do so over the next 24 to 48 hours. While the system is showing some improvements with regards to structure, it is running out of time for further intensification as landfall is likely to occur by tomorrow. Nevertheless, widespread rains will still threaten the region and can still bring serious consequences in some areas.

Tropical Depression Queenie will continue moving generally westward over the next couple of days. Rains are forecast to continue through Friday before tapering off in the weekend. Up to 300mm of rain is possible in some locations bringing the threat of landslides and flooding. Please heed the warnings of your local officials, especially if you live in storm prone areas.

We'll have another update later today.

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