Tropical Depression “Queenie” continues to sweep through the Central and Western Visayas regions and parts of Mindanao, state weather bureau PAGASA said Thursday morning.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said “Queenie” was last located in the vicinity of Tagbilaran City with maximum sustained winds of 55 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center.
PAGASA said Queenie brings rainfall of 7 to 15 mm per hour within its 300-km span.
Public storm signal number 1 is raised over the following areas:
- Palawan including the Calamian Group of Islands
- Southern Leyte
- Southern Cebu including Cebu City
- Negros Oriental
- Southern Negros Occidental
- Guimaras Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Agusan del Norte
- Dinagat province
- Misamis Oriental
- Misamis Occidental
- Zamboanga del Norte
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas of the provinces under Storm Signal No. 1 as well as the rest of Mindanao were warned against possible flashfloods and landslides.
In Cagayan de Oro, a pre-emptive evacuation was enforced Wednesday while 1,507 people have been stranded in Central and Eastern Visayas and in Northern Mindanao due to the weather disturbance.
Meanwhile, several domestic flights and boat trips were canceled in areas affected by the tropical depression.
According to the Department of Transportation and Communications, canceled flights include:
In Western Visayas, fast craft trips between Iloilo and Bacolod were also suspended by the Philippine Coast Guard.
“Queenie” is forecast to move west-northwest at 24 kph and is expected to cross Southern Cebu and Negros Oriental Thursday morning and will be over southern Negros Occidental before noon.
It is expected to be at 100 kilometers north of Puerto Princesa City by Friday morning and outside the Philippine area of responsibility by Saturday morning.