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Super Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ may hit Visayas Friday

Manila, Philippines – The tracking forecasts for an approaching tropical storm that is picking up steam over the Pacific Ocean, or east of the Philippines, showed it will be making landfall over the Visayas region this Friday, the government weather bureau warned.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) Weather Forecasting Section Chief Rene Paciente said the tropical storm with international name “Haiyan” is projected to make landfall over Samar or Leyte provinces by Friday afternoon. It may develop into a supertyphoon.

As of mid-Tuesday, the storm was estimated at 2,170 kilometers east of Mindanao.

As this developed, police forces in Bicol region were placed yesterday in highest security alert status to maximize the response mechanism for the possible onslaught of a weather disturbance.

Moving Westward At 25 Kph

The Pacific Ocean-hovering storm was moving westward at 25 kilometers per hour (kph) yesterday, Tuesday, morning. It has maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gustiness of up to 120 kph.

Paciente said “Haiyan” may intensify into a typhoon even before entering the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning. Should it enter the country’s vicinity, the weather disturbance will be locally called “Yolanda,” the 24th tropical cyclone this year. It will be the second to enter PAR this month.

Based on the United States-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), “Haiyan” could reach peak wind intensity of 130 knots or 241 kph, under a supertyphoon category, within 48 hours.

Paciente noted that “Haiyan” will traverse the Visayas region toward Mindoro province then to the West Philippine Sea.

Cloudy Skies, Rain Showers

PAGASA said cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms is expected over Samar, Leyte, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Surigao del Sur as the storm approaches the eastern sections of Visayas and Mindanao on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rain showers or thunderstorms.

Friday Forecast

By Friday, there is a chance that Eastern Visayas will experience stormy weather with rough to very rough seas as “Haiyan” moves closer towards Samar and Leyte provinces.

Likewise, Bicol Region will have rains with gusty wind by late afternoon. Cloudy skies with moderate to occasionally heavy rains is expected over Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, and the rest of Visayas.

Possible Signal No. 1 in M. Manila

According to PAGASA weather forecaster Glaiza Escullar, it is possible that storm warning Signal No. 1 will be raised over Metro Manila, but it would be the highest possible warning that will be hoisted over the metropolis because it is already far from the center of the weather disturbance.

Metro Manila, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao del Sur, and Davao Oriental will continue to experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rain showers and thunderstorms this Friday.

The rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated afternoon or evening rain showers or thunderstorms.

Meanwhile, tropical depression “Wilma,” which weakened into a low pressure area (LPA) was at 160 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City at around 8 a.m. Tuesday. It is moving toward the West Philippine Sea.

Full Alert in Bicol

In Bicol, Chief Supt. Victor Deona, director of the Bicol regional police, revealed that the full alert status hoisted in the entire region is part of the preparations for Tropical Storm Haiyan, with some provinces in the region right on its path when it enters the country and subsequently make a landfall.

“I have already placed all our police units here in the region under full alert starting Tuesday. We want to make sure that every policeman is present, ready to be deployed in any area if worse comes to worst,” said Deona in a phone interview.

The official said the regional police leadership has been included in early preparations of the Regions Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (RDRRMC) headed by Albay Gov. Joey Salceda since Monday.

Yesterday, Deona said all the relief and response plans have already been mapped out and finalized for implementation of all concerned government units, especially the police which is among the first responders.

The official said they have already started deploying and placing on standby their equipment and personnel in anticipation for the need for disaster response such as forced evacuation, relief and rescue missions.

He said all the needed personnel have already been advised to be ready for deployment in any part of the region.

“We cannot initiate prepositioning of our personnel and assets, we will follow orders from the local disaster risk reduction and management council heads as to where our assets and personnel would go,” said Deona.


  • edna ricci batiquin

    Let’s pray for our safety, especially to the people who live in Bohol who are still not recovering from the earthquake that affected them physically and emotionally. trust God always.

  • Bodie

    Don’t hope for it to hit in Manila. There are also people living in here. Just pray for the safety of all, that no one will lose their lives as the super typhoon comes.

  • Melwinjan Lugo

    I know GOD is with us, have faith in him andeverything will be ok.

  • Mr. Hankey

    Man it’s going to Visayas? I was really hoping it went further North to Manila

  • bopeep

    Everybody please join together in praying to st. Michael and to the immaculate heart of mary that they protect and spare us from this devastating occurence. LORD HAVE MERCY ON US AND THE WHOLE WORLD. AMEN.

  • Pipayy

    please pray for my fellow Bicolanos. we don’t want to repeat what Supertyphoon Reming(international name; durian) has done to my fellow people. Supertyphoon Reming’s anniversary is on November 30. Seven years had passed but we still remember all what Reming has taken from us.

  • renante gibang-gibang

    Hope that everyone will be safe……..always pray to God……

  • Ornille Macrohon-Rojales River

    thank you for da detailed news

  • jose Aldea

    The two horses of apocalypse – Climate change and overpopulation and
    super-typhoon Yolanda

    The two horses of apocalypse: climate change
    and overpopulation

    Investigated causes in this current global
    warming and climate change are coming of ice age,
    sun heating more , changing of polarity of earth, etc. but none of
    the stated. This is man-made. Other than the
    unabated increase in atmospheric CO2 by 35% more and up,
    …scientists, in 2011, were intrigued why the temperature of
    north pole has been registering the highest temperature rise, 4-5
    centigrade, highest in the world. I pointed out why: as earth rotates on
    itself, the accumulated atmospheric CO2 from upper earth slides down to the
    lowest rotating section of earth, the north pole in the northern
    hemisphere. As CO2 conserves heat, heat in north pole increased by meteoric
    4-5%, causing north pole to melt by 90% up especially during summer.

    What causes typhoons? Orbit of earth and rotation on itself have
    everything to do with it. As earth orbits farther from the sun
    (aphelion), the north pole in front, the cold atmosphere is moves up
    toward the equator, like wind rushing front window of car, with the hot
    atmosphere from the equator moving downward to meet the cold
    atmosphere. As earth is rotating unevenly, re-faster on the equator,
    slower on the north pole, the tendency is to cause the mixed atmosphere to
    rotate mandatorily, counter clockwise, from north to west to south to east to
    north, etc. . This rotating meeting motion creates low pressure. How? The
    rotating motion causes the winds is moved to concentrate to the sides, but,
    creating low pressure or vacuum inside! According to Mr. Nathaniel Cruz,
    Mr. Weatherman, Philippines, (formerly held by another brilliant Dr.
    Graciano P. Yumul) to quote, “ last year, 2012, count of typhoons up to
    November was 20, now it is already 23 in November”. This is not good. Do we
    expect more in the future. You answer.

    Overpopulation: Without over-population, there can be no
    man-made global warming, climate change, super-typhoons, super-floodings. How?
    Man produces prodigiously CO2 that causes global warming, and global wrming
    causes climate change.. Man hastens, destroys natural make-up of
    nature on earth like never before. Nature now is rebelling, How
    overpopulated is human on earth? In the Philippines, for instance,
    1945, the population was 28 millions more or less, Now, it balloons to
    100 million. In 1958, the flooding in Manila is mild, as i saw it, only on
    Quezon Boulevard fronting UST and in Sampaloc. In 1959, traffic was never congested,
    One can ride a jeep from Quiapo to Cubao speed unhindered. Now, it is
    different: Manila is a congested jungle full of traffic, not only Manila, but
    throughout.. The world, itself, balloons in the same proportion,
    more or less, in human population in earth that cannot grow Yes, life is
    becoming more unlively. But I pity, especially, the poor
    squatters in Metro Manila and neighbouring metropolitans who are made like
    basketball. They are supposed to have more in law, not less.

    Super typhoon Yolanda – Philippines

    How super-typhoon Yolanda is created? At the equator, velocity of
    rotation of earth is 1,475 km/hr. while at the north pole, the
    velocity could be only 200 km/hr. and down. Thus, such uneven shape of earth
    causes rotation of earth by itself uneven, will cause,
    creates circular whirling motion, re-from speed of
    1,475km./hr to low speed of 200 km./hr. and back etc. in
    circular counter clockwise motion. This whirling motion is ripe to become
    typhoon, super-typhoon like Yolanda, because there is unabated
    global warming creating climate change. The meeting of the two, re- denser cold
    air from the north pole and created hot air from the equator contracts
    air, creates whirling motion, such whirling motion creates low pressure inside
    the whirling motion!!, ripe to become typhoon, super-typhoon like
    Yolanda. Typhoon Yolanda is moving at 30 km. /hr., is actually rotating
    earth at 1,440 km/ hr. because the rotation of earth of 1,475 km./hr.!!
    lagging by 30 km./hr.


    11 5&.6.2013

    • Uzal Roberts

      Sorry to bust your bubble, but you have been listening to Al Gore and his money seeking drones for far too long.

    • cleo

      al gore’s theory…. comes TRUE huh…

    • Ben Abelly


  • Mr. Hanky

    I hope it hits Manila not Mindanao

    • Uzal Roberts

      Nah, lit it wipe out some of the Muslim rebels.

      • Mr. Hankey

        Dumb-ass, muslims only make-up less than 10% of the entire population of the island of mindanao

    • Lisa

      Can you just hope neither Manila nor Mindanao get affected by this storm? Bless your soul.

      • Mr. Hankey

        Somebody has to take one for the team