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Saudel south of Hainan; Depression east of the Philippines
Updated: October 24, 2020 3:55 AM EDT
As of Saturday morning, EDT, Severe Tropical Storm Saudel, known in the Philippines as Pepito, is moving slowly westward over the open waters of the South China Sea.
Saudel is currently tropical storm strength on the Saffir-Simpson Hurricane Wind Scale. It will continue to move off to the west through Sunday. As it is pushing just to the south of Hainan Island, Saudel continues to lose wind intensity, but it is expected to bring heavy rainfall to the island. Saudel is then expected to move into central Vietnam on Sunday, local time, as a tropical depression equivalent storm. There will be potential for heavy rain and gusty winds.
Elsewhere, a new tropical depression formed to the east of the Philippines Saturday morning, local time. The depression, known in the Philippines as Quinta, is expected to strengthen into a tropical storm prior to reaching the eastern Philippines on Sunday, local time. It is possible that Quinta can strengthen rapidly into a typhoon before making landfall. Heavy rain and strong winds will most likely begin impacting the central and northern Philippines as early as Saturday evening, but the worst impacts will not arrive until around Sunday evening. Northern Samar, southeastern Luzon and Catanduanes are the most likely areas to experience the strongest wind and heaviest rain.
By AccuWeather Meteorologist Mary Gilbert
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