Typhoon ‘Pablo’ maintains strength; Signal No. 3 up in N. Palawan

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MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 10:30 p.m., 05 December 2012

MANILA, Philippines—Typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) has maintained its strength and continues to move west northwestward slowly, the weather bureau said late Wednesday.

As of 10 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of Typhoon Pablo was located based on radar, satellite and surface data at 180 kilometers northwest of Roxas, northern Palawan, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.

Pablo was packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph, Pagasa said.

It was forecast to move west northwest at 7 kph, Pagasa added.

According to Pagasa, Pablo was expected to be at 330 km west of Coron, Palawan by Thursday evening and outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday evening.

Public Storm Warning Signal No. 3 remained hoisted over northern Palawan incl. Calamian Grp. of Islands while the rest of Palawan was placed under Signal No. 2.

Signal No. 1 was raised in Occidental Mindoro.

Public storm warning signals elsewhere are now lowered, Pagasa said.

Due to the prevailing typhoon, Pagasa warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Likewise, those living in coastal areas under Signal No. 2 and Signal No. 3 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by the typhoon.

The weather bureau advised fishing boats and other sea vessels not to venture out into the seaboards of Luzon and western Visayas.

At least 274 casualties have been recorded so far with hundreds more injured or missing, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

More than 200,000 people were affected by Pablo, which is said to be the strongest typhoon to hit the country in 2012. With Matikas Santos

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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_PJTH3SHQU3B4TCUVRH2UXZCJDY Balahura

    PAGASA kapag wala na ang bagyo ang lakas nyo mag signal subalit kapag may bagyo minamaliit nyo ang signal….ayun signal number 3 eh number 4 pala…yung signal number 3 ninyo after mindanao typhoon going to palawan ay walang hangin—malakas pa ang amihan…ano ba yan?

  • UrHONOR

    AYAW talagang magpatalo ni Pablo kay Pedro! :)

  • Mattino2011

    At ang pangulo as usual di manlang balak puasyal sa Compostela at ibang lugar. Siya lagi huli sa ganyan.. Parang walang paki

  • delpillar

    Malayo na at nasa South China Sea (just about 40-km outside the West Philippine Sea, or outside the Philippines 200-nautical mile EEZ) na si Pablo
    As of 6:00AM, Dec 6 Philippine time, the eye of the storm is at:
    Latitude 11 deg 55 min
    Longtitude 116 deg 55 min
    This coordinate is about 360-km West of Culion, Palawan (Culion is an Island immediately south of Coron, Palawan

    Direction: moving West Northwest – at 14km/h
    Pressure: 975 Hecto-Pascal
    Max Wind: 35 meters/sec
    Gust: 50 meters/sec

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