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Typhoon YOLANDA Threatens Visayas

MTSAT image of Typhoon YOLANDA as of 1:13 p.m. today. (Project NOAH)
MTSAT image of Typhoon YOLANDA as of 1:13 p.m. today. (Project NOAH)

According to the bulletin issued by PAGASA early 11:00 a.m. today, Typhoon Yolanda has maintained its intensity as it threatens Eastern Visayas moving west northwest at 30 kph.

As of 1:00 p.m., the eye of Typhoon Yolanda is located 644 km Southeast Guiuan, Eastern Samar with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph.

Public Storm Warning Signals (PSWS) are raised in numerous provinces that will be affected by typhoon Yolanda namely:

PSWS #3 (Winds of 101-185 kph expected in at least 18 hours)
Visayas: Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Southern Leyte
Mindanao: Siargao Island and Dinagat Province

PSWS #2 (Winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours)
Luzon: Sorsogon and Masbate including Ticao Island
Visayas: Northern Samar, Biliran Prov., Bantayan and Camotes Is., Northern Cebu including Cebu City and Bohol
Mindanao: Surigao Del Norte, Camiguin, Surigao Del Sur and Agusan Del Norte

PSWS #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours)
Luzon: Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Catanduanes, Albay, Mindoro Provinces, Burias Island, Romblon, Marinduque, Calamian Group of Islands and Southern Quezon
Visayas: Aklan, Capiz, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras Negros Occidental and Orienrtal, rest of Cebu and Siquijor
Mindanao: Misamis Oriental and Agusan del Sur

PAGASA said that Yolanda, after hitting Guiuan, is expected to traverse the provinces of Leyte, Biliran, the Northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, Southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga and will exit the Philippine landmass by Saturday morning towards the West Philippine Sea.

PAGASA estimates that rainfall amount within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon is expected to be heavy to intense from 10.0 mm to 30.0 mm rains per hour.