Sunday, December 2, 2012

Bagyong Pablo update: Typhoon to enter PAR Sunday evening

It will be a rainy week as typhoon "Pablo" (international name: "Bopha") enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this evening, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said.

As of 10 a.m., the state weather bureau tracked the typhoon 1,110 km east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. It has a maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

It is forecast to be moving west northwest at 22 kph.

Rainfall amount that "Pablo" will bring will range from heavy to intense, with 20-30 mm amount per hour on its 700 km diameter.

As the typhoon draws near the country, PAGASA predicts it will be 660 km east of Hinatuan by Monday morning, 140 km east northeast by Tuesday morning, and 60 km north of Dumaguete City by Wednesday morning.

"Pablo" is also expected to bring rains in other parts of the country, including Metro Manila. Because of the typhoon's large diameter, it will also reach Davao Oriental and Surigao del Norte.

Fishing boats and vessels are not advised to sail 48 hours from now. Everyone is also advised for a possible storm surge in the eastern seaboards of Surigao provinces and Davao Oriental.

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