By J. Jala | 08:29 PM October 23, 2020
The low pressure area east of Mindanao developed into Tropical Depression Quinta around 2 p.m. Friday, October 23, the state weather bureau said.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Quinta will move generally northwestward Friday and it will turn westward by Sunday, October 25, and make landfall over Bicol Region by Monday, October 26.
As of 4 p.m., the center of the tropical depression was located at 880 kilometers east of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte.
It was packing maximum winds of 45 kilometers per hour (km/h) near the center and gusts of up to 55 km/h.
Pagasa said that after crossing Bicol Region on Monday, Quinta will continue to track westward over the inland seas of Southern Luzon. It is likely to emerge over the West Philippine Sea by Tuesday, October 27.
Earlier this week, Tropical Storm Pepito (international name: Saudel) forced at least 6,000 people to flee to safer ground in provinces south of Manila.