Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) Update #22

Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) continues to move across the South China Sea away from Palawan. The storm was last located approximately 260km northwest of Puerto Princesa. Maximum sustained winds are at 120kph with gusts of up to 150kph. Bopha is moving northwestward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has kept Public Storm Warning Signal #1 for Calamian Group of Islands. All other Signal Warnings have now been dropped. Rest of the Philippines should start seeing better weather today except for some isolated rains across Western and Northern Luzon as well as across Eastern Visayas and Mindanao.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Bopha regaining some convection especially near the center. The system is also looking more rounded as it tries to re-intensify over the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. Wind shear is light to moderate and sea surface temperatures in the region are somewhat favorable. As we've said yesterday, Bopha may re-intensify today but should start weakening over the next few days. It won't be much of a threat for the Philippines anymore.

We'll have more updates later this afternoon. If you have any images, videos, or damage reports from Typhoon Bopha please email us at
Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 120612

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