'Pablo' weakens; storm warnings in 46 areas
|MTSAT ENHANCED-IR Satellite Image 11:30 a.m., 04 December 2012. Image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – Typhoon "Pablo" (international codename: Bopha) slightly weakened after making landfall, weather bureau PAGASA said before noon Tuesday.
In its 11 a.m. weather bulletin, PAGASA said Pablo was over Bukidnon province.
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.
The weather bureau said the following areas have been placed under signal no. 3 (101-185 kilometers per hour of winds):
- Southern Cebu
- Southern Negros Oriental
- Southern Negros Occidental
- Misamis Oriental
- Lanao del Sur
- Lanao del Norte
- Misamis Occidental
- Zamboanga del Norte
The following areas, meanwhile, have been placed under signal nos. 2 and 1:
Signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds)
- Northern Palawan
- Calamian Group of Islands
- Cuyo Islands
- Southern Leyte
- Rest of Cebu
- Camotes Island
- Rest of Negros Oriental
- Rest of Negros Occidental
- Surigao del Norte
- Siargao Island
- Surigao del Sur
- Dinagat Province
- Agusan del Norte
- Agusan del Sur
- Davao del Norte
- Samal Island
- Compostela Valley
- Davao Oriental
- North Cotabato
- Zamboanga del Sur
- Zamboanga Sibugay
Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds)
- Rest of Palawan
- Davao del Sur
- Sultan Kudarat
- South Cotabato
Typhoon slows down
The typhoon also slowed down. From its speed of 26 kph, it is now moving west-northwest at 20 kph.
Pablo is expected to be 140 km southwest of Iloilo City on Wednesday morning. It is forecast to be near the boundary of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Friday.
In a press conference, PAGASA forecaster Jori Loiz said after hovering over Bukidnon province, Pablo will move towards Lanao del Norte, Siquijor and southern Nergros.
Pablo's diameter also decreased and is now 500 kilometers wide. Estimated rainfall is from 10 to 20 millimeters per hour (heavy -intense) within its diameter.
Loiz, however, said not all areas covered by the typhoon's diameter will experience heavy rains.
"Itong sinasabing mga [nasa ilalim ng] diametro ng bagyo, hindi ibig sabihin lahat makakaranas ng ganoong pag ulan. Mayroong malakas ang pag-ulan, mayroong 'di kalakasan," Loiz said.
PAGASA warned residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals against possible flashfloods and landslides
Those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal nos. 3 and 2 are also warned of big waves or storm surges generated by the typhoon.
Fishing boats and other sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao.
Meanwhile, the typhoon claimed its first casualty when a woman was killed due to a toppled tree in Davao Oriental.
The fatality was identified as Merlinda Balante, 60, of Manay, Davao Oriental.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council earlier said there were four unconfirmed deaths, three died supposedly from fallen trees and one from heart attack. But the agency retracted this and only confirmed the fatality in Davao Oriental.
Also, there have been reports that one person died in CARAGA region after falling off the stairs of her house. The victim was identified as Roselle Anong, 22.
NDRRMC head Benito Ramos does not want to qualify this as a death due to Pablo.
Meanwhile, fisherman Juanito Pablo who was earlier reported missing in Leyte has been found.
The NDRRMC also reported that a landslide buried one house in New Bataan in Compostela Valley. They are still verifying reports of any casualties from that landslide.