MANILA, Philippines— Signal No. 2 was raised over Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental as typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) moved west-northwestward in the country, the state-run weather bureau said Monday.
Although Pablo has slightly weakened, it still packed maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said.
As of 4 a.m., Pablo was located 700 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, moving at 24 kph, Pagasa said.
Signal No. 1, meanwhile, was raised over Siquijor, Bohol, Biliran, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Dinagat Is., Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte including Samal Is., Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Lanao del Sur.
Pablo is expected to be at 175 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur by Tuesday morning and at 80 km south of Iloilo City by Wednesday morning.
Pagasa has alerted residents living in low-lying and mountainous areas under Signals No. 2 and No. 1 against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under Signal No. 2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this tropical cyclone.