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PAGASA: Paeng exits as Queenie enters PAR

Even as Severe Tropical Storm Paeng (international name: Nalgae) exited the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), wind signals remained active over parts of Luzon, weather bureau PAGASA reported Monday.

According to PAGASA, Wind Signal No. 1 was still hoisted over:

  • the southern portion of Ilocos Norte
  • Ilocos Sur
  • La Union
  • Pangasinan
  • western and central portions of Pampanga
  • Abra
  • Benguet
  • western portion of Mountain Province
  • western portion of Nueva Vizcaya
  • western portion of Nueva Ecija
  • Zambales
  • central and southern portions of Bataan

Though Paeng exited the PAR at 12:10 p.m., several areas in the western section of Luzon and the Visayas would continue to experience severe winds and rains due to the storm's wide diameter.

Light to moderate with, at times, heavy rain would prevail over the Ilocos Region, CAR, Cavite, Batangas, Laguna, the southern portion of Quezon, Western Visayas, Babuyan Islands, MIMAROPA, and the rest of Central Luzon.

Moderate to heavy rains, meanwhile, would be experienced over portions of the Batanes, Zambales, and Bataan.

Meanwhile, the tropical depression to the east of the country entered the PAR Monday morning at 5 a.m. and was given the local name Queenie, PAGASA said.

Queenie intensified into a tropical storm at 8 a.m.

Queenie was last seen 815 kilometers east of northeastern Mindanao. It was moving southwest at 10 kilometers per hour while packing maximum sustained winds of 65 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 80 km/h.

Queenie has no direct effect over the country’s landmass, but its trough would bring light to moderate with at times heavy rain over the CARAGA, Eastern Visayas, and Bicol Regions starting Wednesday.

On its forecast track, Queenie is expected to weaken but the weather bureau is not ruling out the possibility it will maintain its strength or intensify. — DVM, GMA News