Typhoon Quinta leaving land through Occidental Mindoro

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.

  1. San Miguel Island, Tabaco City, Albay - 6:10 pm, Sunday, October 25
  2. Malinao, Albay - 6:50 pm, Sunday
  3. San Andres, Quezon - 10:30 pm, Sunday
  4. Torrijos, Marinduque - 1:20 am, Monday, October 26
  5. Pola, Oriental Mindoro - 3:30 am, Monday

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.

Signal No. 3
  • southern part of Batangas (Lian, Tuy, San Juan, Rosario, Padre Garcia, Lipa City, Cuenca, San Jose, Ibaan, Taysan, Lobo, Batangas City, Mabini, Tingloy, San Pascual, Bauan, Alitagtag, San Luis, Taal, Santa Teresita, Calatagan, Balayan, Calaca, Lemery, Agoncillo, San Nicolas, Mataas Na Kahoy)
  • northern and central parts of Oriental Mindoro (Mansalay, Roxas, Bongabong, Bansud, Gloria, Pinamalayan, Pola, Socorro, Victoria, Naujan, Calapan City, Baco, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera)
  • northern and central parts of Occidental Mindoro (San Jose, Rizal, Calintaan, Sablayan, Santa Cruz, Mamburao, Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island
Signal No. 2
  • Quezon
  • Rizal
  • Laguna
  • rest of Batangas
  • Cavite
  • Metro Manila
  • southern part of Bulacan (Norzagaray, Angat, San Rafael, Baliuag, Pulilan, Calumpit, Hagonoy, Paombong, Malolos City, Plaridel, Bustos, San Jose del Monte City, Santa Maria, Pandi, Guiguinto, Balagtas, Bulacan, Bocaue, Meycauayan City, Obando, Marilao)
  • southern part of Pampanga (Lubao, Sasmuan, Macabebe, Masantol, Minalin, Apalit)
  • Bataan
  • Marinduque
  • northern part of Romblon (Concepcion, Banton, Corcuera, Romblon, San Agustin, Calatrava, San Andres, Odiongan, Santa Maria)
  • rest of Oriental Mindoro
  • rest of Occidental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands
  • extreme northern part of Antique (Caluya)
Signal No. 1
  • Camarines Norte
  • western part of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Calabanga, Naga City, Pili, Bula, Balatan, Minalabac, Milaor, Bombon, Magarao, Canaman, Camaligan, Gainza, San Fernando, Pasacao, Pamplona, Cabusao, Libmanan, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego)
  • Burias Island
  • rest of Romblon
  • northern part of Palawan (El Nido, Taytay) including Cuyo Islands
  • southern part of Aurora (Dingalan, San Luis)
  • southern part of Nueva Ecija (Gabaldon, Laur, Palayan City, General Tinio, Cabanatuan City, Aliaga, Zaragoza, Jaen, San Antonio, Santa Rosa, Peñaranda, Gapan City, San Leonardo, San Isidro, Cabiao)
  • southern part of Tarlac (La Paz, Tarlac City, San Jose, Concepcion, Capas, Bamban)
  • rest of Bulacan
  • rest of Pampanga
  • central and southern parts of Zambales (Iba, Botolan, Cabangan, San Felipe, San Narciso, San Antonio, San Marcelino, Castillejos, Subic, Olongapo City)
  • Aklan
  • rest of northern part of Antique (Laua-an, Barbaza, Tibiao, Culasi, Sebaste, Pandan, Libertad)

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:

  • Ilocos Region
  • Batanes
  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • northern part of Zambales

PAGASA updated its rainfall forecast for both Quinta and the tail-end of a frontal system, covering Monday. More floods and landslides could occur.

Moderate to heavy rain, with at times intense rain (Quinta)
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Romblon
  • Marinduque
  • northern part of Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands
  • Calabarzon
  • Aurora
  • Isabela
  • Aklan
  • Capiz
  • Antique
Moderate to heavy rain (tail-end of a frontal system)
  • Cagayan
  • Apayao
  • Kalinga
  • Abra
  • Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
Light to moderate rain, with at times heavy rain (Quinta and tail-end of a frontal system)
  • rest of Luzon
  • rest of Visayas
  • Zamboanga Peninsula
  • Bangsamoro Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao
  • Northern Mindanao
  • Caraga

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.

2 to 3 meters high
  • coastal areas of Camarines Norte
  • northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Island and Camarines Sur
1 to 2 meters high
  • coastal areas of Batangas, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, and Romblon
  • remaining coastal areas of Quezon and Camarines Sur

Travel remains risky for all types of vessels in these waters:

Rough to high seas
  • areas under Signal Nos. 1, 2, and 3 (waves 2.5 to 7 meters high)
Rough to very rough seas
  • remaining seaboards of Luzon (waves 2.5 to 5 meters high)
  • western, northern, and eastern seaboards of Visayas (waves 2.5 to 5 meters high)

Elsewhere in the country, those with small vessels should take precautionary measures, while "inexperienced mariners" should avoid sailing at this time, said PAGASA.

Moderate to rough seas
  • other seaboards of the Philippines (waves 1.2 to 3.1 meters high)

Quinta is on track to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday morning, October 27.

Forecast track of Typhoon Quinta (Molave) as of October 26, 2020, 8 am.

Image from PAGASA

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:

  • November 2020 - 1 to 3
  • December 2020 - 2 or 3
  • January 2021 - 0 or 1
  • February 2021 - 0 or 1
  • March 2021 - 0 or 1
  • April 2021 - 0 or 1

Last October 2, the state weather bureau warned Filipinos to expect more rain in the coming months due to the onset of La Niña– Rappler.com

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