Yolanda hits land, 58 areas under storm signals
MANILA, Philippines—Supertyphoon “Yolanda” (international name: “Haiyan”) made landfall as early as 4:30 a.m. Friday in Guiuan, Eastern Samar. It was earlier expected to land at 5 a.m.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Yolanda was observed 62 kilometers southeast of Guiuan, packing maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph.
Washington Post described Yolanda as “among the most powerful storms witnessed anywhere in modern times.”
“Widespread destruction, unfortunately, seems inevitable,” it said.
Storm signals were raised in more areas, according to Pagasa:
Signal No. 4
Northern Negros Occidental
Signal No. 3
Rest of Sorsogon
Calamian Group of Islands
Rest of Negros Occidental
Rest of Cebu
Surigao del Norte
Signal No. 2
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Signal No. 1
Rest of Quezon
Agusan del Sur
Areas under storm signals were alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Those areas under Signal Nos. 2, 3 and 4 were alerted against storm surges that may reach up to seven meters.
Yolanda is expected to traverse the provinces of Biliran, the northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga and will exit the Philippine landmass early Saturday toward the West Philippine Sea, Pagasa said.
Sea travel remained risky over the seaboards of northern Luzon and over the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.
Originally posted at 05:43 am |Friday, November 8, 2013
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