Public storm signal No. 2 is hoisted over Northern Cebu and nearby islands as the low pressure area threatening the Philippines in the past few days intensified into a Tropical Storm. Tropical Storm Quinta (international name: Wukong) has been spotted near Leyte island late afternoon on Christmas day. It is expected to cross the Visayas overnight and will affect the region’s weather in the next 2-3 days. PAGASA has put several areas under storm signal No.2 while Cebu is currently under Signal No.1.
Residents in the affect areas are advised not to take the tropical storm lightly and should be alerted for possible landslides and flashfloods specially in mountainous and low lying areas.
After battering Mindanao and Visayas just a few days ago, Super Typhoon Pablo is now threatening Northern Luzon. The relentless super typhoon is spotted at the coast of Ilocos Sur and still pack over 130 km/h winds.
In PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin, storm signal No. 2 is hoisted over Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union. Eleven areas are placed under public storm signal No. 1. People from these areas should start making necessary precautions as the typhoon is predicted to make its fourth landfall in the country tomorrow morning.
Based on the different forecast tracks, Typhoon Pablo will be affecting the weather of the especially Northern Luzon in the next 3 days. Pablo has been very unpredictable and it has somehow retain some strength even after making several landfalls in the Philippines.
Severe Weather Bulletin Number ELEVEN
Tropical Cyclone Warning: Typhoon “PABLO” (BOPHA)
Issued at 5:00 a.m., Wednesday, 05 December 2012
|Typhoon “PABLO” has further weakened as it continues to move towards Northern Palawan.
|Location of Center:
(as of 4:00 a.m.)
|180 km East of Puerto Princesa City
||Maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center
and gustiness of up to 160 kph
||West Northwest at 24 kph
440 km Northwest of Puerto Princesa City
780 km West of Calapan, Oriental Mindoro
PAGASA has downgraded its storm signals in their first weather bulletin for December 5, 2012. Only Notrthern Palawan is now under storm signal No. 3. Signal No. 2 is hoisted in the rest of Palawan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental and Negros Occidental. Cebu is now under signal No. 1.
Pablo is expected to be out of the country by tomorrow.
After making landfall in the southern portion of Negros Oriental, typhoon Pablo continues it northwest movement towards Palawan. The typhoon has somehow weakened. No province in Mindanao is under Signal No. 3 as of the December 4 11 pm update of PAGASA. Eight areas in the Visayas and 1 area in Luzon are still under Signal No.3.
The rest of Cebu is still under Signal No.2 but it is believed that the worst is over for the island. Classes are still suspended tomorrow and it is expected that everything will be back to normal on Thursday. Some damage were reported in the town of Oslob due to big waves and some roads are impassable in Ginatilan due to fallen trees. Residents are still advised to continue to monitor the situation to avoid unnecessary casualties.
Typhoon Pablo is moving towards Siquijor- Negro Oriental area as of 4 pm today. The typhoon still packs winds of up to 160 km/h near the center with gustiness of up to 195 km/h. It is moving West Northwest at 24 km/h. Here are the areas under public storm warnings based on PAGASA’s Severe Weather Bulletin No. 9 issued 5 pm, Dec. 4, 2012:
Based on the latest weather bulletin, only 3 Mindanao provinces are under Signal No. 3. Nine Visayas areas are now under Signal No. 3 including the southern part of Cebu island. The rest of Cebu including Camotes is under signal No. 2. At the rate the typhoon is going, Cebu will have better weather by tomorrow morning as Pablo is seen to be accelerating and probably will be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by friday morning.
Typhoon Pablo is currently at the Sulu sea after leaving the Cagayan de Oro area. After making landfall in Davao Oriental at dawn, it crossed Mindanao first going to Compostela Valley then to Agusan del Sur to Bukidnon then to Misamis Oriental before exiting to the Sulu Sea. At 2:00 pm today, Pablo was spotted 70 km South of Tagbilaran City and it was going West Northwest at a speed of 26 km/h.
The typhoon is expected to maintain to travel WNW going to Palawan. Heavy to intense rain will be felt in Bohol, South Cebu, Southern part of Negros Oriental, Misamis, and the Zamboanga peninsula in the next few hours. PAGASA has not updated its storm signals issued 11 am this morning.
PAGASA has lowered the storm signals of several provinces in Mindanao a few hours after Typhoon Pablo made landfall in Davao Oriental. In the weather bureau’s December 4, 2012 11 am bulletin, only Misamis Oriental, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Camiguin remained under signal No.3 from the 22 areas in Mindanao that were under the same storm signal in PAGASA’s update 6 hours ago.
Southern Cebu remains under signal No.3 along with several provinces in the Visayas. The rest of Cebu is still under signal No.2. Classes are suspended in all levels here in Cebu. Residents in the areas under public storm warning are advised to monitor situation and just stay at home if they are no important matters to attend to. Heavy to intense rainfall is expected within the 500 km diameter of typhoon Pablo. Residents in flood-prone and landslide-prone areas are advised to evacuate and coordinate with their local government units.
Pablo is expected to exit Mindanao this afternoon and will head towards Palawan tomorrow before exiting the Philippine area of responsibility.
Latest update on Typhoon Pablo
More places are now under a public storm signal based on latest PAGASA weather bulletin which was released 5 a.m. Tuesday. Practically the whole Visayas and Mindanao are now under a public storm warning signal. Nineteen Mindanao provinces are under signal No.3 while 5 areas in the Visayas will be expecting winds of over 100 km/h. Southern Cebu is now places under Signal No. 3 as well.
Typhoon Pablo has made landfall over Cateel, Davao Oriental. Heavy rain is expected in the CARAGA region and Davao Oriental. The rest of Mindanao will experience tropical depression conditions with moderate to strong winds. Exteme rainfall (400 mm) is expected near the center.
Typhoon outlook: Pablo will weaken as it crosses Central Mindanao. It is expected to exit late afternoon near Iligan. It is not expected anymore to make landfall in any island in the Visayas. Typhoon will still affect the Philippines up to Friday, December 7.
Latest Update on Typhoon Pablo
In its latest weather bulletin issued 11 pm Monday night, PAGASA has upgraded its public storm warnings. There are now 16 Mindanao provinces under Signal No.3. Cebu is now under signal No.2. The typhoon is expected to make landfall in the eastern portion of Mindanao a few hours from now. Cebu started to experience around 12:45 pm. Residents are advised to prepare and monitor the situation.
Super Typhoon Pablo has regained some strength as it makes it way towards the Surigao del Sur and Davao Oriental area. Pablo is expected to make landfall Tuesday morning and it is expected to cross North Central Mindanao like Typhoon Sendong. Pablo has 3 times stronger winds than Sendong which devastated some key areas in Northern Mindanao including Cagayan de Oro City last year.
(101-185 kph winds)
||Surigao del Norte
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Agusan del Sur
Davao del Norte
|Signal No. 2
(61-100 kph winds)
Lanao del Norte
Lanao del Sur
Davao del Sur
Zamboanga del Norte
|Signal No. 1
(30-60 kph winds)
Calamian Grp. Of Islands
Rest of Cebu
|Zamboanga del Sur
Thirteen provinces in Mindanao are now under Storm Signal No.3 based on PAGASA’s latest weather bulletin issued at 6 pm Monday evening. Southern Cebu is now under Storm Signal No.2 along with Bohol, Negros Oriental, Siquijor, Southern Leyte and several provinces in Mindanao. The rest of Cebu is still under signal No.1. Residents in the affected areas are advised to continue monitoring the situation.
Based on some tracking sites, Pablo will continue its west-northwest course and it will make landfall in the eastern portion of Mindanao and it will cross the north central part of Mindanao before exiting near Cagayan de Oro. There is a big possibility now that the typhoon will not make landfall in Cebu. Residents, however, are still warned the typhoon carries strong winds and if it does not make landfall in their provinces, Pablo can still do major damage to structures.