Typhoon Pablo Update: Stronger than Sendong - PAGASA

    PAGASA said that super typhoon is approaching the Philippines tonight as tropical cyclone "Pablo" with international name "BOPHA" is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

    Typhoon Pablo "BOPHA"
    Photo: Typhoon Pablo "BOPHA" approaches PAR

    Typhoon Pablo moves from east of Southern Mindanao at 1,110 km East Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (6.3°N, 137.1°E ) has a maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph.

    At 10am forecast of PAGASA, Pablo's position on Monday morning is 660 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur while 140 km East Notheast of Hinatuan or 230 km East Souteast of Surigao City by Tuesday morning. The typhoon will move West Northwest at 22 kph and will be at 60 km North of Dumaguete City on Wednesday morning.

    PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi said "Bopha" will bring rains in parts of Metro Manila on Friday, when the typhoon is likely to weaken or dissipate.

    "Further weakening is expected or possible dissipation by Friday. However, it will bring rains in southern Tagalog region including NCR," he said in a press conference.

    Currently, no public storm warning signals has been raised by PAGASA.

    Estimated rainfall amount is from 20 - 30 mm per hour (heavy - intense) within the 700 km diameter of the Typhoon.

    Typhoon "PABLO" is still far to directly affect any part of the country. The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 PM today.

    Super-typhoon is coming?

    Earlier, PAGASA said there is a big possibility that "Pablo" will become a super typhoon and may be even stronger than "Sendong," that hit Mindanao last year, typhoons “Reming” that hit Bicol in 2006;  and “Ondoy,” which inundated most of Metro Manila in 2009.

    "Ang Sendong noong pumasok, 65 kph lang siya, pero ito 165 (kph) na ngayon," said PAGASA weather forecaster Jori Loiz.

    Typhoon Bopha (international name) will be named “Pablo,” the 16th weather event to enter the country this year, according to the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (Pagasa).

    Sendong trends on Twitter: Pablo is stronger than Sendong?

    Sendong has been a trending topic on Twitter Sunday afternoon for the possible super-typhoon that may hit the Philippines on Tuesday. Typhoon Pablo is expected to be stronger than Sendong.

    Let's pray hard that Typhoon Pablo will not be strong enough to devastate our country this Christmas. Be prepared and alert.

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