Super Typhoon Pablo, internationally known as Bopha, has entered the Philippine area of responsibility. The Category 4 typhoon has gained strength and has now 250 km/h winds near the center. It is currently near Palau Islands and is currently 1,306 km East Southeast of Metro Cebu. It is heading west at 28 km/h. PAGASA has not raised any storm signals yet in the Philippines but Pablo is expected to affect some parts of Mindanao starting tomorrow.
Super Typhoon Pablo has a similar strength and track with typhoon Ruping that battered Cebu in 1990. Cebuanos should take this as a warning and make necessary preparations. Residents of coastal areas specially in the eastern seaboard of Mindanao are advised to closely monitor situation to avoid unnecessary casualties. Based on multiple tracking sites, Pablo could cross Cebu island tuesday evening or Wednesday dawn.
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