Merry Christmas Everyone! Unfortunately, we have to do a Video Update on this Tropical Cyclone which is currently impacting the Philippines.
Tropical Storm Wukong (Bagyong Quinta) is just east of Visayas and is already impacting the region with moderate to sometimes heavy rains. Up to 80mm of rain has already been reported so far and up to 150mm is still possible over the next 24 to 48 hours. Eastern and Central Visayas are forecast to get the heaviest amounts of precipitation. Northern and Eastern Mindanao may also see widespread rains but they won’t be as heavy.
As of 5pm this afternoon, here are the latest Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA:
Signal #2: Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Northern Cebu (including Camotes Island), Dinagat Island, Siargao Island, and Surigao del Norte
Signal #1: Northern Samar, Masbate (including Ticao Island), Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros, Siquijor, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, and Surigao del Sur.
Cebu Radar from ClimateX PH
Latest radar out of Cebu Station shows the bands of light to moderate rains impacting parts of Samar, Leyte, Dinagat Island, and also Bohol. Northern Mindanao also getting some light to moderate rains. Scattered showers are also being reported across Cebu, Negros, Iloilo, and the smaller islands in between. Many areas are already reporting more than 50mm of rain. In fact, Tacloban has already seen up to 80mm of rain since this morning and more could be on the way.
For the latest radar images and rainfall data for your area, please click HERE (ClimateX)
2-Day Rainfall Forecast (NOT OFFICIAL!)
Here is our 2-day rainfall forecast for Wednesday and Thursday. Green shadings represent around 50mm of rain, blue for 100mm, and red for up to 150mm of rain. The heaviest precipitation is forecast to fall across Central and Eastern Visayas. Some light to moderate rains may impact Northern Mindanao but they won’t be as heavy. Parts of Eastern Luzon could also see some light to moderate rains due to converging winds.
TS Wukong isn’t really forecast to intensify into a strong cyclone. Nevertheless, its rains will continue affecting Central Philippines for another 2 days possibly bringing widespread floods and landslides. If you are in the affected areas, please coordinate with your local officials for the latest warnings. Have a safe and wonderful holidays!