MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Yolanda (international codename Haiyan) has left the country.
The typhoon, one of the year’s strongest, exited the country around 1:30 pm Saturday, November 9, after cutting a massive swath of death and destruction through the Visayas Friday, November 8.
All public storm warning signals have been lowered.
As of the 11 am severe weather bulletin of PAGASA, the system is said to be moving west northwest at a speed of 35 km/h, on its way to Vietnam and southern China.
The bulletin also said Yolanda was located 549 kilometers west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, with maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center and gusts of up to 210 km/h.
This is considerably weaker than when it made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar early Friday, November 8, with speeds of 235 km/h near the center.
Rainfall estimates for the typhoon have also been lowered to moderate to heavy (5-15 mm/h) within the system’s 400 km diameter.
The next bulletin will be at 5 pm. – Rappler.com
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