Typhoon Pablo Hits Visayas and Mindanao, Slightly Weakens

MANILA,Philippines—In its latest weather bulletin issued at 5 a.m. today, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical & Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said that Typhoon “Pablo” (international codename: Bopha) has slightly weakened as it moves West Northwest at 24kph.

Earlier, it was located at 700km Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, and has maximum sustained winds of 175kph and gustiness of up to 210kph.

Surigao del Sur and the Northern part of Davao Oriental will have stormy weather with rough to very rough seas. Meanwhile, the rest of Davao Oriental, Compostela Valley, Eastern Visayas, Bohol, Camotes Island, and Siquijor will experience rains with gusty winds and moderate to rough seas.

The regions of Ilocos, Cordillera Administrative Region, and Cagayan Valley will experience cloudy skies with light rains. Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have partly cloudy with brief rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Based on the information from the Department of National Defense, Signal No.2 has been raised over Surigao del Sur and the Northern part of Davao Oriental. Signal No.1 on Siuijor, Bohol, Biliran, Camotes Island, Sourthern Leyte, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Western Samar, Surigao del Norte, Siargo Island, Dinagat Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, rest of Davao Oriental, Davao del Norte, Samal Island, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte, and Lanao del Sur.

Those living in low-lying and mountainous areas under public storm signal no.1 and 2 are warned against possible flash floods and landslides. Those in the coastal areas under public storm signal no.2 are warned against big waves or storm surges as well.

It is not recommended for fishing boats and small seacrafts to go out into the Eastern Seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao during this time.