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
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, 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.
If you are from Cebu, Bohol, Negros, or Panay and you are planning for a grand Christmas party sometime next week, you better postpone your party plans as a super typhoon is coming your way. Typhoon Pablo which is internationally know as Bopha has escalated into a category 4 typhoon. As of 5 a.m. today, super typhoon Bopha has been spotted near Palau Islands packing winds that are as strong as 240 km/h.
US Navy track of Bopha as of Dec. 2, 5 a.m.
In a few hours Bopha will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility and will begin to affect the weather in the northeastern part of Mindanao. Based on a forecast by the US Navy, the weather disturbance will be crossing the Visayas group of islands starting Tuesday December 4.
PAGASA has not raised any storm signals yet but the strength of the typhoon could mean that they will be giving Storm Signals as high as No.4 in the coming days. Residents especially those living in coastal areas are advised to take necessary precautions and continue to monitor the situation. This early people living in the forecasted path must start charging their emergency lights, buying batteries and flashlights, store some food, and strengthen structures that could easily be damaged by strong winds. The typhoon has also a wide rain band and residents in flood prone and landslide prone areas must make emergency plans this early.
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The PAGASA has lowered all storm signals except in 4 areas as Ramon move towards the West Philippines Sea. The tropical depression is expected to move out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility tomorrow. As of 10 am, the center was located 195 km West Northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro . Ramon is moving Northwest at 15 kph.
Public storm signal no.1 remain in effect in Mindoro, Lubang Island, Northern Palawan, and Batangas.
Cebu’s weather today is partially cloudy but the sun came out today after days of gloomy weather.
Tropical depression RAMON is moving to the West Philippine Sea. At 4 a.m., the center was located to be 80 km West Northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro. There are still a few places that are under public storm signal No.1.
In Cebu, the sun has come out and the sky is clear but the whole country should expect some cloudy skies and occasional rains brought by Ramon. Bring your umbrellas if you plan to go out today.
Tropical depression Ramon has moved out of the Visayas and it is now affecting the weather and bringing rains to Southern Luzon including Metro Manila. Ramon will continue to move Northwest and will regain some of its strength as it passes through the West Philippines Sea and exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
At 4pm this afternoon, the center was tracked to be 70 km East Southeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
Storm signal No.1 is up in Sothern Luzon, Metro Manila, the whole of Panay and Guimaras island. Cebu is still cloudy in the afternoon with occasional rain. The weather is expected to be better tomorrow as the weather system move away from the country.
As the tropical depression Ramon move to the tip of Panay island, all storm signals for Mindanao have been lifted. Cebu and the rest of Central Visayas are also out of the critical zone of Ramon. It is expected that Ramon will exit Mindoro this afternoon and makes its way to the West Philippine Sea where it will regain some strength and could be upgraded to a tropical storm again.
So far, the amount of rain brought by the weather disturbance is not as heavy as expected here in Cebu City. Here are the current storm signals that are in effect based on the PAGASA bulletin.
|Areas Having Public Storm Warning Signal
|Signal No. 1
(45-60 kph winds)
Calamian Group of Islands
Northern Negros Occidental
Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under Public Storm Signals are still advised to be wary of possible flash floods and landslides. The next update will be at 5 pm.
As Ramon makes its way to island in the Visayas, the weather disturbance has weakened and is now downgraded to a tropical depression. Public storm signal No.2 has been lifted and the affected areas are under signal No.1 according to PAGASA. Ramon is expected to gain strength again once it reaches the West Philippines Sea before exiting the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
Cebu City is still cloudy with scattered rain showers. The winds are not blowing as strong anymore.
At 7:30 am, the center was located 80 kilometers North of Cebu. It is moving West Northwestward at 15 kph.
The next weather bulletin will be issues at 11 am.