MANILA -- Public storm warning signal number 4 remains hoisted over 9 areas as super typhoon "Yolanda" starts to move away from the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
In a press briefing on Friday afternoon, weather forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said Yolanda has maintained its strength, still packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) and gusts of up to 250 kph.
Nine areas have remained under storm signal number 4. These areas should expect winds of more than 185 kph in at least 12 hours.
- extreme Northern Palawan
- Calamian Group of Islands
- Southern Occidental Mindoro
- Southern Oriental Mindoro
Signal number 3 (winds of 101 to 185 kph in at least 18 hours) is up over the following areas:
- rest of Mindoro Provinces
- rest of Northern Palawan
- Puerto Princesa City
Meanwhile, signal number 2 (winds of 61 to 100 kph in at least 24 hours) is up over the following areas:
- Lubang Island
- rest of Palawan
- Burias Island
- Ticao Island
- Negros provinces
- Biliran Island
Signal number 1 is raised over the following areas, which should expect winds of 30 to 60 kph in at least 36 hours.
- Metro Manila
- Camarines provinces
- Samar provinces
- Leyte provinces
- Camotes Island
- Surigao del Norte
- Dinagat province
With Yolanda's current speed and direction of 40 kph and west northwest movement, Aurelio said the super typhoon is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by around 10 a.m. on Saturday.
Yolanda, which is currently traversing Sulu Sea, is forecast to cross Calamian Group of Island between 8 to 9 p.m. tonight before it exits the Philippine landmass towards the West Philippine Sea at 10 p.m.
By Saturday afternoon, the country can expect a gradual improvement of weather, Aurelio said.
"Wala na pong tiyansa na bumalik o bumagal dahil wala pong nakaharang sa bandang west ng bagyo...kaya patuloy siyang kikilos north northwest hanggang patuloy na lumabas ng PAR," he explained.
An estimated rainfall amount of 10 to 30 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) is expected within Yolanda's 400-kilometer diameter.
Sea travel remain risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon.
Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal nos. 4, 3 and 2 are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides.
Likewise, those living in coastal areas under signal nos. 4, 3 and 2 are alerted against storm surges which may produce waves with height of at least 7 meters, PAGASA said.
Meanwhile, Aurelio said no new low pressure area (LPA) is expected to enter PAR as Yolanda leaves the country.