MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Pablo” accelerated as it continues to move across the Visayas toward Negros Oriental and the island province of Siquijor after leaving at least 6 dead in Mindanao, weather bureau PAGASA said on Tuesday, December 4.
In its 5 pm update, PAGASA noted that as of 4 pm Pablo was located 60 km Southeast of Dumaguete (9.0°N, 123.7°E), with maximum sustained winds of 160 km/h and gusts of up to 195 km/h.
The typhoon is moving West-Northwest at 24 km/h.
Pablo will be 140 km Southwest of Coron, Palawan by Wednesday afternoon, 450 West of Subic, Zambales the next day and by Friday afternoon is expected to be 660 km Northwest of Iba, Zambales.
At least 6 people have been reported dead and more than 53,000 have been forced to flee after the typhoon made landfall on Tuesday morning in Surigao del Sur.
Storm signal #3 over 12 areas
The following areas are under storm signal warning #3 (101-185 km/h winds in the next 18 hours):
- Northern Palawan including the Calamian group of islands
- Southern Cebu
- Negros Oriental
- Southern Negros Occidental
- Lanao del Norte
- Misamis Occidental
- Zamboanga del Norte
Storm signal #2 (61-100 km/h winds in the next 24 hours) is in place over:
- Rest of Palawan
- Rest of Cebu including Camotes Island
- Rest of Negros Occidental
- Misamis Oriental
- Agusan del Norte
- Lanao del Sur
- Zamboanga del Sur including Sibugay
Finally, storm signal #1 (45-60 km/h winds in the next 36 hours) applies to:
- Occidental Mindoro
- Oriental Mindoro
- Leyte including Biliran
- Southern Leyte
- Surigao del Norte including Siargao
- Surigao del Sur
- Agusan del Sur
- Davao del Norte
- Compostela Valley
- North Cotabato
Big waves, storm surges
The estimated rainfall within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon is 10-18 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.”
Fishing boats and other small vessels should still not venture out in the eastern seaboards of Mindanao and Visayas. – Rappler.com