LIVE UPDATES: Typhoon Quinta Barrels Through Bicol, Southern Luzon

Heavy rains to start the week.
Photo/s: Charism Sayat

(UPDATE) Tropical Storm Quinta (international name Molave) lashed the Bicol and Southern Luzon regions overnight and was bringing rains to vast swaths of the country, including Metro Manila on Monday.

Here's what you need to know:

  • Quinta is the strongest storm this year, said Oriental Mindoro Gov. Humerlito Dolor, comparing it to Typhoon Tisoy from 2019. Up to 1,000 families were evacuated. Up to 65 COVID patients are either in the hospital or home quarantine.
  • The storm packed maximum sustained winds of 125 kph with 150 kph gusts.
  • From early Sunday evening, Quinta, the 17th storm to enter the country this year, made landfall in Tabaco City; San Miguel Island; Malinao Island, San Andres, Quezon and Torrijos Marinduque and Mindoro, PAGASA said.
  • Quinta will bring moderate to heavy with at times intense rains over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, northern Palawan including Calamian and Cuyo Islands, CALABARZON, Aurora, Isabela, Quirino, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, Aklan, Capiz, and Antique.
  • The tail-end of a frontal system will bring moderate to heavy rains over Cagayan, Apayao, Kalinga, Abra, Ilocos Norte, and Ilocos Sur. Combined with Quinta, the weather system will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Metro Manila, Zamboanga Peninsula, Bangsamoro, Northern Mindanao, Caraga, and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.
  • What are the hazards? Floods, landslides and lahar flows in areas with prolonged rain, said PAGASA. Check whether a rainfall warning is raised in your locality. A storm surge of 2 to 3 meters is possible over the coastal areas of Camarines Norte, and the northern coastal areas of Quezon including Polillo Islands and Camarines Sur and 1 to 2 meters over Batangas, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Masbate, Albay, Sorsogon, Catanduanes, and the remaining coastal areas of Quezon and Camarines Sur.
  • State weather bureau PAGASA said it was monitoring a brewing storm at 1,920 km east of Southern Luzon that could enter the country on Wednesday or Thursday morning. 
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