‘Pablo’ threatens to return Sunday


MANILA, Philippines—Fourteen provinces in Luzon were placed under storm alert on Saturday as Typhoon “Pablo” veered back toward the country and was expected to hit land this Sunday morning.

The weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geological and Astronomical Administration (Pagasa) estimated that Pablo will make landfall between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. in Ilocos Norte Sunday.

“Once it hits land, we expect that there will be less rainfall intensity and that the typhoon will weaken and eventually dissipate,” said Jori Loiz, a weather forecaster with Pagasa.

As of 4 p.m. Saturday, Pablo was located at 230 kilometers west of Sinait, Ilocos Sur, with winds of 130 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 160 kph.

According to the latest forecast, Pablo was moving east-northeast at 17 kph, although Loiz said the typhoon was expected to accelerate in the coming hours.

Loiz said provinces in northern Luzon should brace for stormy weather as Pablo began to turn around to hit land anew.

Pablo, with center winds of 160 kph and gusts of up to 190 kph, slammed into the east coast of Mindanao on Tuesday morning, slicing west-northwest across the island as it blew toward Central Visayas and Palawan.

The most powerful typhoon to hit the Philippines this year, Pablo left 456 people dead, 533 missing, 455 injured and hundreds of thousands homeless in nine regions of the country.

Pagasa weather forecasting chief Rene Paciente said the name “Pablo” would be deleted from the list of typhoon names because this week’s typhoon with that name killed too many people.

Pablo blew into the West Philippine Sea on Friday, but cold winds in the north pushed it back toward northwest Luzon.


Signal No. 2 over Ilocos

Placed under public Storm Signal No. 2 are Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur and La Union, which should prepare for a battering from winds of 61 kph to 100 kph.

Areas under Signal No. 1 and will experience winds of 30 kph to 60 kph are Cagayan, Calayan group of islands, Babuyan group of islands, Batanes group of islands, Abra, Apayao, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Benguet, Pangasinan and Zambales.

Heavy to intense rainfall of 15 millimeters to 25 mm per hour is expected within the 400-km diameter of the typhoon, Pagasa said.

Should Pablo continue on its present track, it will be at 50 kph north of Aparri, Cagayan, this afternoon and 320 km east of Basco, Batanes, by tomorrow afternoon. By Tuesday afternoon, it is forecast to be 550 km northwest of Basco, Batanes.

Civil defense chief Benito Ramos warned residents in coastal areas in the Ilocos region that they could experience storm surges as high as 3 meters to 5 meters.

Ramos reminded residents in mountainous regions to be alert for landslides. He said rivers could overflow as Pablo blew over land anew.

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  • Bansot

    Am I reading this right, that Pag- Asa Rene Pasiente will be deleting the name Pablo from the list of typhoons because it resulted to so  many deaths and so much damages????…which means we must pretend that this typhoon never happened “AT ALL “???? Where is the logic on this??. I’d say we must keep this in mind so that next time that we have or expect to have this calamity we can implement our contigency plan instantly instead of pointing fingers to one another as we’re doing now. Rene Pasiente , you may bury your head in the sand, and pretend that TYPHOON PABLO  had never been here, but that would not mitigate our losses, nor make us better prepared for other disasters which are sure to happen in the future.!!!!!

    • http://twitter.com/erncastillo ern

      You’re out of logic….it does not mean you must pretend.

      By removing the name from the list, you remove the stigma attached to it. Secondly, you make the occurrence unique to that name, and no weak pablo in the future will overshadow the memory of that fateful event in our history, and make us reminded of vigilance and preparedness. 

      • Bansot

        Really you think you are that smart ?? Can you point out the benefits that you’ll have if the name “Pablo” is deleted from the names of typhoons that hit the country. Statistically, will that improved our government policy making and implementation in dealing with this type of calamities ??
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      • Bansot

        Where is your logic.??  the calamity has caused so much death and suffering to the whole country. You can’t turn your back from these memories and set them aside as bad expreerience in life. Instead, by identifying that particular occurence you can draw lessons in order to be better prepared if this calamity ever happened again (which is likely) By remembering these we can be pro active and improved our contigency plans,.

    • punishyou

       oh my.. your english is good. but you think like an american idiot..

      • Bansot

        Really you think you are that smart ?? Can you point out the benefits that you’ll have if the name “Pablo” is deleted from the names of typhoons that hit the country. Statistically, will that improved our government policy making and implementation in dealing with these type of calamities ??

  • filipinaskoh

    Pablo is revisiting us!

    Baka sabihin na naman ni Bishop Pabillo na pinabalik sya ng Diyos kasi ang botohan pa lang sa RHbill ay sa Wednesday December 12 at nagkamali ang Diyos, akala ng Diyos ay wednesday december 5 kaya na paaga ang dating.

    Baka sabihin ni Bishop Pabillo hayan ang pruweba -galit ang Diyos sa RHbill, nanalanta muli ang bagyo para ipakitang “tama si Pabillo”.

    Baka sabihin ni Bishop Pabillo – lahat ng hindi naniniwala sa sinabi nya matitikman ang galit ng Diyos.

  • mabyrik

    Pablo is coming back because on his way out yesterday, he overheard Pabillo misinterpreting his fury by connecting it to RH and pablo wants to correct it. 

    Another reason for his coming back is he got mad when the church, up to this day, has not done anything to help victims and will have to wait for this sunday’s second donation.

    Pablo coming back is one way of reminding the church to get its financial support to the victims from its own pocket, which can run to billions in bank accounts and assets and not from the blood of the Catholics. 

  • Retsameht

    Bomalek se Pablo kase manood sya ng Pacquiao vs. Marquez 4!

    Haiy Pelepens.. magbago na kayo!

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