Tropical depression Quiel has developed into a tropical storm as of Wednesday. Rains will be experienced in the province of Palawan until Friday, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Local chief Sonny Pajarilla said that the weather is expected to improve by Thursday but rains will prevail until Friday to Saturday.

“Nakakaapekto siya at nagdudulot siya ng pag-ulan sa ating open seas. Mataas din ang ating mga alon kaya meron tayong gale warning. Actually hanggang Biyernes at Sabado ang pag-ulan pero bukas ay inaasahan natin na mas magandang lagay ng panahon kumpara sa ngayon,” he said.

Tropical storm Quiel has maximum sustained winds of 75 kilometers per hour.

He added that there is a monitored typhoon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) named “Halong” and it is distant from the country.

“Yong Halong walang epekto dahil malayo yon pero dito sa atin sa direktang immediate vicinity ng PAR ay wala rin naman panibagong low pressure maliban don sa ating bagyo na ating binabantayan,” he said.

Tropical storm Quiel is expected to stay within the PAR only until the dawn of Saturday and will exit by noontime.

In a weather update of PAGASA, Quiel and the tail-end of a cold front will bring light to moderate with occasional heavy rains over Babuyan island, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Occidental Mindoro, Antique and portions of Palawan including Cuyo and Kalayaan islands between today and Thursday morning.

Earlier, the center of the storm was located at 465 kilometers west southwest of Subic, Zambales or 465 kilometers west-northwest of Coron, Palawan.

According to the forecast position, the storm will be at 430 kilometers west-northwest of Coron, Palawan on Thursday morning. By Saturday morning, it will be outside PAR at 785 kilometers west of Coron.

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