Quedan intensifies, heads for Japan's southern isles

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MANILA, Philippines – Tropical storm Quedan (international codename Fitow) continues to move over the Philippine Sea, as it makes its way to the Okinawa area Wednesday, October 2.

Quedan has intensified overnight, and as of 10 am Wednesday was located 790 kilometers east of Tuguegarao City (17.9°N, 130.2°E).

It is carrying maximum sustained winds of 95 km/h near the center, and has gusts of up to 120 km/h, the state weather bureau PAGASA said in its 11 am bulletin.

It is estimated to carry heavy to intense rainfall (7.5-15 mm/h) within its 500 km diameter.

Quedan is forecast to move north, at a speed of 17 km/h, targeting the southern islands of Japan.

The storm is expected to be 720 km east of Batanes by Thursday, and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Saturday.

As it traverses the Philippine Sea, it is not expected to directly affect any part of the archipelago, the bureau added.

The next bulletin on Quedan will be incorporated in the 5 pm forecast later Wednesday. – Rappler.com