(VIDEO) Typhoon Pablo‘s landfall expected in Surigao del Norte Tuesday (updated)
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(VIDEO) Typhoon Pablo‘s landfall expected in Surigao del Norte Tuesday (updated)

Manila : Philippines | Dec 02, 2012 at 4:09 AM PST
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Super Typhoon Pablo (Bopha)

Typhoon Pablo (Bopha) has intensified and is expected to make landfall in Surigao del Norte Tuesday. Affected residents are warned to stay alert and evacuate, PAGASA warned.

PAGASA said PABLO now packs maximum winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility tonight. Typhoon Pablo is the 16th and is predicted to be one of the strongest typhoons to visit the Philippines this year.

The typhoon will be felt in Surigao provinces, Compostela Valley, Davao, and the rest of Mindanao Tuesday and these provinces will experience heavy rains and strong, gusty winds. Once it makes landfall, the typhoon is expected to weaken.

It will cross the country in a west northwest direction at a speed of 22 kph and its effects will be felt in Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon by Thursday, Pagasa said.

The weather bureau said heavy to intense rains are expected within the typhoon's 700 km diameter.

PAGASA Undersecretary Benito Ramos has alerted residents in affected areas against flooding, landslides and storm surges and assured the public of the agency's readiness.

United States-based JTWC

US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Pablo’s eye will make landfall over Cebu on Tuesday. A storm makes landfall when its eye or center hovers over land. Based on the latest track from the JTWC, Pablo's eye will land over Cebu.

According to JTWC, Pablo will bring winds that could reach 231 kph, equivalent to the strength of a super typhoon. As it cruises off Micronesia unobstructed, it is expected to unleash massive rains and powerful winds.

Pablo will be the first typhoon to make landfall and affect several areas in Mindanao, Visayas, and even Luzon. It is the strongest storm this year to hit land.

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Comment: Note that PAGASA and the US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) have predicted 2 different places where Typhoon Pablo’s eye will make landfall on same date. PAGASA predicts Pablo’s landfall will be in Surigao del Norte while JTWC warns it will be in Cebu.

Whereever Typhoon Pablo’s landfall occurs, I think is not so important. What counts is that people were forewarned of said forthcoming typhoon. I understand there are factors that affect typhoon’s path so predicting it is quite hard. What is important is for all of us to positively act on their advice, especially those places and areas that are mentioned in this report.

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