'Pablo' to affect NCR on Thursday

By Dharel Placido, ABS-CBNnews.com

Posted at Dec 04 2012 01:00 PM | Updated as of Dec 05 2012 04:36 AM

Residents wait for a truck to transport them into an evacuation center as local officials ordered enforced evacuation ahead of Typhoon Bopha in Cagayan de Oro City. REUTERS

MANILA, Philippines – Metro Manila will begin experiencing rains from typhoon "Pablo" (international codename "Bopha") on Thursday, a weather bureau official said on Tuesday.

PAGASA administrator Nathaniel Servando said rains from Pablo will be experienced in Metro Manila as it heads toward the West Philippine Sea.

"Kapag ito ay malapit na o nasa vicinity ng northern part ng Palawan, ang outer circulation nito ay magbibigay ng pag-ulan - mahina hanggang katamtaman na ulan Huwebes ng umaga," Servando told dzMM.

Servando noted that compared to Metro Manila, provinces in Visayas and Mindanao will experience heavier rains and stronger winds as Pablo's eye is expected to hover over the country's southern portion.

In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Pablo has slightly weakened after making landfall.

From its previous wind strength of 175 kilometers per hour, Pablo is now packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gusts of up to 195 kph.

As of 10 a.m., Pablo was located 50 kilometers east of Malaybalay, Bukidnon.

The typhoon also slowed down. From its speed of 26 kph, it is now moving west-northwest at 20 kph. With this speed and direction, Pablo is expected to be 140 kms southwest of Iloilo City on Wednesday morning.

Pablo's diameter also decreased and is now 500 kilometers wide. Estimated rainfall is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy – intense) within the typhoon's diameter.