Approaching storm now a typhoon


MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 3:30 p.m., 01 December 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A storm in the Pacific Ocean that is approaching the Philippines has intensified into a typhoon and will likely enter the so-called Philippine area of responsibility early Monday morning, the state weather bureau said Saturday.

As of Saturday morning, the typhoon, internationally named “Bopha,” was  over the Caroline Islands north of Papua New Guinea, some 1,690 kilometers east of  Mindanao or 730 kilometers east of the imaginary line denoting the outer edge of the Philippine area of responsibility, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.

It was packing sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour near the center and gusting up to 200 kph, Pagasa said in an advisory. The typhoon was moving west at 20 kph.

Bopha will be called “Pablo” locally when it enters the country’s area of responsibility.

“Typhoon ‘Bopha’ is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility early morning of Monday east of Mindanao,” Pagasa said.

But the weather bureau added that the storm was still too far to affect any part of the country “within the next two days.” Even so, Pagasa advised disaster managers to be on the alert.

In its weather outlook for Saturday, Pagasa said the Bicol region, eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated brief rain showers or thunderstorms.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience fair weather, it said.

“Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over Luzon and over the eastern sections of  Visayas and Mindanao, and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough,” Pagasa said.

Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the northeast with slight to moderate seas, it added.

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  • buttones

    On Wednesday seems I will be in the eye of this storm, but it is welcomed, In northern Cebu it has been dry of late. If we know these things are coming we can prepare, living as I do on rainwater this is a blessing, and I can capture a few months supply. For those who live in areas that are prone to floods and landslides; if the local authorities say get out, then get out! God bless the rains I say, without them, and a few centimeters of topsoil, none of us would even exist…..

  • TheGUM

    I have a bad feeling about this storm, so many miles out and it’s packing 165 kph at the center.  Good job PAGASA for getting the word out.  LET’S GET READY!

  • malek_abdul

    Take care. Be prepared and follow advisories!!! Be pro-active!

  • princeipeazul

    Let’s just pray that it weakens as it moves to the Philippine direction. 1,690 kilometers is far enough for it to reach and unleash its fury in our country.

  • siegfeil

     Very good PAGASA !!!!! Let’s all pray to God that the devastation will just  be minimal and that no lives will be lost. The current path of the super typhoon is the Central Visayas area exiting the Palawan /Mindoro straight. It may move slightly up endangering even Manila or down endangering CDO ( that was hit last year by Sendong) depending on the movement of the high pressure. Be prepared and alert and listen to news bulletin. Take all precautionary measures.  

  • Hideki

    Pray kayo kay calungsod na pigilin ang bagyo…let see f nagmmilagro talaga

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