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Tropical Storm Quedan (Fitow) maintained its strength and slightly veered away from the Philippines before noon Tuesday. However, state weather forecasters said it may linger in the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) at least until Friday.

PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said that Quedan has slightly accelerated and is now moving north-northwest instead of north.

"Magtatagal siya dito sa PAR nang kaunti," Loiz said in an interview on dzBB radio, but did not elaborate.

But Loiz said they detect no other weather disturbance in or near the PAR at this time.

He also said that, while Quedan is not likely to directly affect any part of the country, the inter-tropical convergence zone (ITCZ) may yet bring rain to parts of the country.

As of 10 a.m. Tuesday, PAGASA said Quedan was estimated at 730 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, with maximum winds of 65 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.

It said Quedan is forecast to move north-northwest at 11 kph.

By Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 840 km east of Casiguran, Aurora and 790 km east of Basco, Batanes by Thursday morning.

On Friday morning, it is expected to be 780 km east of Itbayat, Batanes—still within the PAR.

PAGASA said that while no storm signals are raised, Quedan may bring rainfall of 7.5 - 15 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-km diameter. — TJD, GMA News
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