‘Pablo’ maintains strength, moves away from PH

The typhoon is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday evening

MOVING OUT. 'Pablo' maintains its strength as it moves away from the country. Image from PAGASA's December 5, 2012 11pm update

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Pablo (international name: Bopha) maintained its strength as it made its way out of the Philippine area of responsibility, PAGASA said Wednesday evening, December 5.

The typhoon is expected to be out of the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday evening.

Northern Palawan and the Calamian Group of Islands are still under Storm Warning Signal No. 3, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Administration (PAGASA)’s 11pm bulletin.

The rest of Palawan, meanwhile, is still under under Signal No. 2 while Occidental Mindoro continues to be under Signal No. 1.

Winds of 101-185 km/h are expected over the next 18 hours in areas under Signal No. 3. Areas under Signal No. 2 can expect winds of 61-100 km/h, while those under Signal No. 1 may experience 45-60 km/h winds.

No change was reported in Pablo’s strength compared to PAGASA’s earlier 5pm bulletin. Near its center, Pablo packs winds of 120 km/h and gustiness of up to 150 km/h.

By Thursday evening, Pablo is expected to be 330 km west of Coron, Palawan.

PAGASA cautioned residents living in areas under public storm warning signals to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides. Areas under signals number 3 and 2 should watch out for big waves or storm surges generated by Pablo.

The typhoon is moving west northwest at 7 km/h.

PAGASA will issue its next bulletin 5am Thursday. -Rappler.com

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