‘Quinta’ intensifies; No.2 up in 11 areas



Source: Project Noah | 06:30 am, December 25, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — Many residents of the Visayas and Mindanao woke up to a wet and windy Christmas after a low pressure area in the Pacific ocean developed into a tropical depression then intensified into a storm on Tuesday.

The forming of the storm “Quinta” defied earlier predictions of forecasters who thought there was little likelihood for the low-pressure area to turn into a tropical cyclone.

By mid-Tuesday, public storm signals were up over several provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao as “Quinta” whipped up peak winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kilometers per hour) near the center and gusts of up to 80 kph.

But the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the storm was moving in a more northerly direction than typhoon Pablo, which cut a deadly path across Mindanao island in the first week of December.

“Davao region is not expected to feel the impact of ‘Quinta’ much because the storm is heading toward the Visayas, unlike typhoon Pablo, which moved lower south,” forecaster Vic Manalo III of the Philippine Atmospherics, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration, said.

The storm, the 17th to hit the country this year, was forecast to move westward at 19 kilometers per hour.

In Pagasa’s 5 p.m. update, more provinces were placed under public storm signals.

Under signal no. 2 were:

  1. Eastern Samar;
  2. Western Samar;
  3. Leyte;
  4. Southern Leyte;
  5. northern Cebu;
  6. Camotes Island;
  7. Bohol;
  8. and Biliran in the Visayas;
  9. Dinagat Province;
  10.  Siargao Island;
  11. Surigao Del Norte in Mindanao

Under signal no. 1 were Northern Samar, Masbate, Ticao Island, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros provinces, Siquijor, and the rest of Cebu in the Visayas, and Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and Surigao Del Sur in Mindanao.

The storm intensified slightly, packing peak winds of 75 kph near the center and gustiness of 90 kph. It was forecast to move faster westward at 24 kph.

As of 4 p.m., the eye of the storm was observed 90 kilometers southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Pagasa forecasters earlier said there was only a small likelihood the low-pressure area would develop into a tropical cyclone. But Manalo said any low-pressure area forming over an ocean carried the potential of turning into a storm as it kept absorbing moisture.

The forecaster said “Quinta” would likely make landfall over Leyte on Wednesday morning. “Since the storm is moving toward the Visayas, which is a group of islands, it will probably make several landfalls before exiting into the West Philippine Sea,” he said.

Manalo said “Quinta” would not likely turn into a typhoon, especially upon hitting land.

As of mid-Tuesday, Pagasa forecast the storm moving near Coron, Palawan, by Thursday morning. By Friday morning, it is projected to be 450 kilometers west of Coron.

A signal no. 1 storm with winds of 30-60 kph is strong enough to snap the twigs and branches of trees, and tilt or flatten banana plants. On the other hand, a signal no. 2 storm packs 61-100 kph winds that can cause damage to crops such as rice and corn, and unroof nipa and cogon houses.

“Quinta” is expected to spawn heavy to intense rainfall within its 350-kilometer diameter, at 10-20 millimeters per hour.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas were alerted to possible landslides and flash floods. Travel by small fishing boats in the seaboards of Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao could also be risky, Pagasa said.

Originally posted at 07:13 am | Tuesday, December 25, 2012

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  • kilabot

    and where is noykapon? 
    likely having an orgy with his pervert entourage. hopeless.

  • Sarong9146

    Under Aquino administration, the country is cursed. This family is cursed. Ninoy was assassinated. When Cory was the President, we had so many coups, volcanic eruptions (e.g. Mt Pinatubo, etc), lahar floods, earthquakes, etc. Now with Noynoy, super typhoons: Ondoy, Pedring, Sendong and Pablo!!

    Mt Pinatubo erupted after more than 400 years of being dormant. It was awakened when Cory became the President. Never in people’s memory that super typhoons came to Mindanao only after Noynoy became the President. 

    I hope no more Pablo like super typhoon or major calamities will happen to our country before Noynoy’s term ends.   His remaining years of office is too long for us to take the pains of this curse.

    • http://twitter.com/akongednamzug akongednamzug

      Merry X’mas na lang sa yo brod, patawarin ka nawa ng Maykapal sa yong pinagsasabi.

      • gilmano

        If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14. Merry Christmas mga kaibigan.

    • http://profile.yahoo.com/ZIWSONMGQYN6VXR5WROLCTL3KM dokie

      and you believed that the world will end 12-21-12, right? :-)

    • Bli tz

      disasters of any type strike any country, location, anytime, any people, with any leader.. recently, there is superstorm sandy in the US, great earthquake and tsunami in japan in 2011, great cyclone nargis that hit myanmar in 2008, where casualties reached tens if not hundreds of thousands if summed up.. BUT they never blame their leaders, nor claimed that their leader is cursed.. we don’t like your cursing, keep your prophecy with you, you prophet of doom.. tsk.. swim in your pool of “excrement” opinion.. 

    • bonsaiman

       Na awa ako sa iyo at sa mga comments mo.

    • Taiko_Kauna

      and so is the U.S. under Obama? tsk tsk tsk how narrow…

    • shots_fired

      haha ikaw yung taong mahilig sa conspiracy theory at black ops mga top secret at hidden agenda .

    • malek_abdul

      You’re drunk Sarong9146, go home!!!

    • liquiduser

      warning! talangka detected!

    • Labandera1

      Sarong9146 kampon ni Gloria Macapal Arroyo at sa maitim na maligno. Nawalan ka kasi ng delihensiya…….

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2DG3R2AAQZDON2KH45T3YC5DOA del pillar

    As we are warned with all the calamities happening around us (worldwide) these only gives us the sign that what God can do if don;t change our satanic attitudes, needless to say ignoring that there is really a supreme power of God above all or everything here in HIS created world!

  • bonsaiman

    Mag ingat tayo. Merry Christmas sa lahat.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/36O4ZGE5JY24XE4XQOXBM6O4WE Klepto

    My wish for Xmas is to have 2 typhoons each week para lilinisin ang buong bansa.

    • wawa2172

      Sobra ka naman,but ok ka rin basta ang unang lilinisin ay ang kongresso at malacanang. Spare the rightous yun lang tiwali but baka walang matira. Well, even with the strongest typhoon Filipinos never learn. Take a look at our brothers in Marawi and Lanao del Sur patuloy pa rin ang walang habas na pag putol nga kahoy. Natutulog na naman si AFP at PNP.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QA4RLMR7R7ZX2J7GQXO4VB4PCE Tia


    • liquiduser

      “ugali nating mga Pinoy”? baka ikaw lang. wag mo lahatin. nandamay ka pa eh.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_QA4RLMR7R7ZX2J7GQXO4VB4PCE Tia

    It is time to reflect, to do good things, help each other, listen and support each other, and practice good morale….

  • wakats

    May be due to holidays-related activities, Pag-asa took sometime to update its storm forecasts when the affected areas, like central visayas and bicol, were already in the midst of winds and rains and the LGUs concerned have not started barking orders for their constituents.

    Pag-asa is a 24/7 vital agency specially when a weather disturbance has already been spotted while at sea.  

  • kimo211

    tama  ka  mga  noypi  dito  sa  abroad,,,ang  yayabang….sana====ang  pesos  ay   maging  equal  sa   US dollars ($1.00=P1.00) para  makita  natin  kong  matataas  pa   ang  mga  baba  niyan,,,,saka  wala  nang   mappaalila,,,at  sa  ibang  bahagi  panalangin  po  natin  na  wala  namang serious  calamity  na  mangyari  hi  pa  tayo  nakakaahon,,,heto  na  naman  po..QUINTA>>>>>>alis  diyan.

    • batangsulpok

      Maraming Pinoy talaga ang may kayabangan, babae o lalake, lalo na dito sa U.S. dahil kahit bagong kilala ka ay ikukuwento kaagad ang buhay nila na may bahay sila, ang mga anak ay tapos sa college o kumpare si Mayor o Governor, sabihin pa kung magkano ang sinasahod at pag asawa ay Nurse, nagmamalaki pang stay home lang, di nagtatrabaho kasi 2 jobs ang Misis.

      • kimo211

        parehas  lang  dito  sa   amin,,,hindi  naman  lahat   ay  mayabang,,,marami  ding  humble  (ilokano)…ang  mayayabang  ay  mga   pampanguenos   at  cavitneos,,,,,natural   na  yata   sa  kanila   ,,,puro,,,mayaman,,,  maganda   at  matapang…

      • bugoybanggers

        Ano mga ILOKANO? aba naman, nagkamali ka yata LAKAY. Dito sa MINDANAO mga lahi mo ang sangkaKUPAL at sangkaYABANGAN.

      • kimo211

        hindi  ako  ilokano kabayan,,,ang  comments   ko  ay  itong  mga  nasasaksihan  ko  dito    ,,,sa    california!  Nag reply  lang  ako  sa  comment  ni  batangsulpok,,,,pasensiya na  bugoybanggers,,,,,comments   lang  ang   sa  akin  na  aking  nakikita  dito   sa  states….karamihan  nang  mga  ilokano   dito sa   states ay  mga  farmers   at  related  sa  mga   sailors (u.s. navy)….pasensiya  na  uli   at  hindi  ako  ilokano….tagalog  po   ako,,,  hindi  pa  po   ako  nakakarating  nang  southern  pinas,,,,wala  po  akong  relationship  sa  mga  ilokano  diyan.

      • batangsulpok

        May kilala kaming Puti na palasimba at tinanong kami kung bakit sa simbahan ay ayaw makipagkuwentuhan ang mga Pilipino sa ibang lahi at pag nakausap mo naman, ang ginamit na term ay mga SHOWY kaya di lang tayo ang nakakapuna ng ubali natin.

      • ado4625

        next time wag mo sana banggitin kung saan sila galing dahil pare-parehong mga Pinoy pa rin yan. Hindi ang buong region nila ang mayabang baka natatangi lamang sila. Merry Xmas.

      • kimo211

        Sorry  ado4625,,,i   was   carried  too  much….. sorry,  i  mean  it….Blessed  Christmas  to  you   and  your    family.

      • TinimbangNgunitKulang

        Masyado kasing insecure ang Pinoy. Coping mechanism na nila ang magyabang. Kaso kapwa Pinoy lang ang kayang yabangan. Hindi naman kasi sila papansinin ng mga ibang lahi.

  • $20926843

    Now calling the attention of this inconsequential Regime and the inutile agency like their boss in malacanang, NDRRMC.  Give us again your useless announcements about the preparations being made and thereafter your super efficient bulletins on the number of people killed and damage to properties.  After the aftermath of a destructive typhoon, you will again say that you have no practice!  This is the curse being undergone by this pitiful nation…..

    • jorgecapulejr

      magtaglog ka na lang pre. Baka mas maintindihan ng tao ibig mong sabihin.

      • ben

        If you can’t understand go back to elementary and high school.

      • kimo211

        naiintindihan  namin  siya  kabayan,,,nasa  tao  yan  kong  gusto  mong  intindihin,,,,hindi  na  kailangan  magkaron  nang  doctorate   sa  English.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/7H7ZC6SHHZY467AQFLYUVUC7SA Axl


  • patawad

    Palagay ko mga madasaling ipokritong mga corrupt na mga opisyales talagang walang gagawing matino patungkol sa mga disasters, di ba kasi pinagkakakitaan ng mga disaster diyan, nakupo!  Milyon milyong mga donasyon in dollars pa, paano kaya ginagastos at saan naman kaya napupunta? 

    • kimo211

      make  sense  nga ang  comments  mo,,,  yong  mga  pinadadala  namin sa  Catholic   Charity  Fund,,,nakakarating  kaya  sa  mga   nangangailangan  nating  mga  kababayan?

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2WMT24SVBOUEKNWDSYDHI7S55Y Dutch

    Are all the dissasters connected to the Aquinos and their governments?
    No, but mis-management and not keeping promisses YES.
    Correy promised to solve the Hycianda  and the her son did do the same, but what happened.
    They impeached the SC and have this ruled in their favour.
    Also the cocco levy has been legally returned to UNCLE DANDING.
    Is this justice in the Philipes?
    I surely believe NOT.
    The total sum owned by them to the people will be close to 400 billion in todays terms.
    Is Aquino a good president, or going down the worst with Marcos.
    Hmmm he put up a fight about RH, but was only common sence, as a church should not a say in the country, but what about all the injustice?
    Coco levy,
    The mass murder in MIndanao, the lack of support to the victims of the typhoons, the LP overruling all competitors in all areas in local voting unless they work with the yellow team.
    Was Marcos, the Aroyos bad, No The Aquinos, with Danding are the richest with the biggest ever ill gotten wealth.
    Check their bank accounts and where their money has come from since Marcos, You would be surprised.
    It is time for the Philippines to wake up.
    Say NO to corruption.

    • kimo211

      Bro,  matagal  nang wake up  ang  Pinas,,,,,hindi  na   alam  nang  mga  kababayan  natin   ang  gagawin,,,,puro  linis   ang  gobyerno,,,ano   ang  gagawin….gamitin  ninyo   ang  karapatan  ninyong  bumoto   at  iboto  ninyo   ang  kahit  kalahating  mailinis   ang  kalooban,,,,sa  dadating  na  election  para  senator  wala  yatang  qualifyied   sa  malinis  na  kalooban.   Salamat  po!

      • batangsulpok

        Kabayan, gising na gising ang mga kababayan natin pero pagdating ng eleksiyon ay mga BOBOTANTE sila dahil kahit alam nilang corrupt, sila pa rin ang iboboto kasi kilalang pamilya o sikat na artista kaya pati mga tao ay corrupt din, kung baga, nasa dugo na nila ang pagiging kurakot.

  • bugoybanggers

    Alam naman ng lahat kapag kalamidad na ang unang sisisihin yung GOBIERNO.. oo nga naman, dahil ang pundo na inutang ng BANSA ay sila ang nangangasiwa. Ngayon simula noong 50’s asan na ang nakalaang pera para sa kalamidad? Ubos? Ano pa ang gagawin natin?

    • kimo211

      Alam  namin  ang  aming  gagawin  dito  sa  states  na   mga  pinoy  tuloy  pa  rin  ang pagpapadala  nang  tulong  sa   inang bayan (PINAS)…hindi  namin  sinisisi  ang  gobyerno  ng  Pinas…..nasa  typhoon  zone   ang  Pinas….kaya   ingat   lang  at  paghahanda   ang  kailangan…comments  at  opinions  lang  ang  sa  akin,,,,salamat  po.

      • http://www.facebook.com/jiendy.antones JiEndy Antones

        sorry po but I guess natural disaster should not be blamed to our government…this is uncontrollable situation..lets not put the blame on somebody’s shoulder rather let us help each other fight for this another “delubyo” and I guess PRAYERS would be the best weapon:)

        *sorry this is a reply to bugoybanngers comment

  • disqusted0fu

    lets all pray for this one not to be disastrous! nevertheless, everyone brace yourselves! after the efforts we’ve seen from the Aquino admin during the typhoon pablo, it looks like its going to be every man for himself!

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