'Pablo' to make landfall on Tuesday

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.

TRACKING 'PABLO'. This is the typhoon's expected trajectory as of 2pm. Image courtesy of PAGASA

TRACKING 'PABLO'. This is the typhoon's expected trajectory as of 2pm.

Image courtesy of PAGASA

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:

Storm signal #2 (61-100 km/h winds in the next 24 hours) is in place for:

Finally, the weather bureau hoisted storm signal #1 (45-60 km/h winds in the the next 36 hours) over:

Giant waves

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