Haiyan which was just a tropical storm yesterday now is now classified a Category I Typhoon. Typhoon Haiyan packs 120 kph winds near the center. It is moving westward at 26 kph going towards the area Yap and Palau islands. It is classified as a small sized typhoon with a diameter of 445 kilometers. The typhoon is forecasted to continue to gain strength as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Once it enters PAR, it will be known Bagyong Yolanda.
Here is the 3-day outlook for the typhoon:
Wednesday – Haiyan intensifies to a Category 3 Typhoon with winds near the center at 175 kph.
Thursday – The typhoon will further intensify to Category 4 with Maximum Sustained Winds at 220 kph.
Residents of the Visayas region and the Bicol Region are advised to make necessary preparations as early as today. Sea travel in the eastern seaboard of the country will be strongly discouraged in the coming days.
- Typhoon Watch: Wilma makes landfall in Central Visayas; Stronger Typhoon coming later this week (cebuislandlive.com)
- Tropical storm ‘Haiyan’ coming closer from Guam (newsinfo.inquirer.net)
- WEATHER UPDATE AS OF November 05, 2013 at 11:00AM BY WESTERN PACIFIC WEATHER (weatherngayon.wordpress.com)
- NASA sees strengthening Tropical Storm Haiyan lashing Micronesia (phys.org)
- Powerful Typhoon Haiyan to Hit Philippines on Friday November 8, 2013 (ireport.cnn.com)
- Time to prepare for a super typhoon