MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Pablo” maintained its strength and is set to make landfall in the next 12 hours in Surigao del Sur, as public storm warning signal #3 was extended to Camiguin on Monday, December 3.
In its 11 pm bulletin, weather bureau PAGASA noted that as of 10 pm Pablo (international codename: Bopha) was located 230 km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (7.4°N, 128.3°E).
The typhoon is packing maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h and gusts of up to 210 km/h, and moving West at 26 km/h.
By Tuesday afternoon, Pablo will be in the vicinity of Bacolod, while a day later the weather disturbance is expected to be 180 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa, Palawan, and 370 km West of Metro Manila by Thursday afternoon.
Storm signals over most of Mindanao, Visayas
PAGASA has raised storm signal #3 (101-185 km/h winds in the next 18 hours) over the following areas:
- Surigao del Norte including Siargao
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Misamis Oriental
- Davao Oriental
- Compostela Valley
- North Cotabato
- Lanao del Sur
- Lanao del Norte
- Davao del Norte including Samal Island
Storm signal #2 (61-100 km/h winds in the next 24 hours) is in place for:
- Southern Leyte
- Camotes Island
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental
- Misamis Occidental
- Davao del Sur
- Zamboanga del Norte
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Sultan Kudarat
Finally, the weather bureau hoisted storm signal #1 (45-60 km/h winds in the the next 36 hours) over:
- Palawan including the Calamian group of islands
- Eastern Samar
- Western Samar
- Leyte including Biliran
- Zamboanga Sibugay
- South Cotabato
The estimated rainfall within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon is 15-30 mm/h (heavy-intense) and residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas in affected regions are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
PAGASA warned people in coastal areas under storm signals #3 and #2 to expect big waves and storm surges generated by “Pablo.”
Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Dinagat, Bohol and Leyte may experience 3-6 m high waves.
The weather bureau also reminded fishing boats and other small vessels that they should not venture out in the eastern seaboards of Mindanao and Visayas. – Rappler.com