Typhoon Quinta (Molave) was in the vicinity of Mamburao, Occidental Mindoro, early Monday morning, October 26, set to leave Luzon landmass after barreling through the southern part of the island region overnight.
In a bulletin issued 8 am on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Quinta would emerge over the West Philippine Sea in the morning.
It would then start to move away from the country, heading west at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h).
The typhoon had made landfall in the country 5 times.
As of early Monday morning, Quinta continues to have maximum winds of 125 km/h and gustiness of up to 180 km/h. It is expected to strengthen over the West Philippine Sea, eventually reaching its peak intensity within 24 to 48 hours. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)
With the typhoon exiting land, a few areas are no longer under tropical cyclone wind signals, while some have been downgraded.
Destructive typhoon-force winds will persist in areas under Signal No. 3, damaging gale to storm-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2, and strong breeze to near gale conditions in areas under Signal No. 1.
Strong breeze to gale conditions from a northeasterly surge will also continue in these areas:
PAGASA updated its rainfall forecast for both Quinta and the tail-end of a frontal system, covering Monday. More floods and landslides could occur.
Classes were suspended in some areas for Monday, as local government units anticipate difficulties with conducting distance learning in the middle of a typhoon.
PAGASA also reminded the public that Quinta could trigger storm surges.
Travel remains risky for all types of vessels in these waters:
Elsewhere in the country, those with small vessels should take precautionary measures, while "inexperienced mariners" should avoid sailing at this time, said PAGASA.
Quinta is on track to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning, October 27.
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Quinta is the Philippines' 17th tropical cyclone for 2020, and the 4th for October.
An average of 20 tropical cyclones form within or enter PAR each year. (READ: LIST: PAGASA's names for tropical cyclones in 2020)
These are PAGASA's latest estimates for the number of tropical cyclones inside PAR in the next 6 months: