Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan Update #5

Issued (1330 UTC) 930pm PhT 110613

Super Typhoon Haiyan continues to slowly intensify as it nears the Republic of Palau. The eye of Haiyan was last located approximately 160km east northeast of Palau or about 270km southwest of Yap. Maximum sustained winds have increased to 250kph with gusts of up to 305kph. STY Haiyan is moving westward at 30kph.

Typhoon Warnings remain posted across the islands of Yap and Palau. Please heed the warnings of your local officials! Stay tuned to the TV or radio for the latest information and log in to the National Weather Service by clicking HERE

IR Image from FNMOC

Latest satellite image shows the pinhole eye has improved even more with a warmer appearance surrounded by thick and strong convective activity. Further analysis suggests that the eyewall replacement cycle has completed successfully and so we expect another round of intensification tonight and into tomorrow.

Palau is now reporting light rains and gusty winds of up to 40kph. Conditions will only get worse from here and we expect typhoon force winds of up to 120kph along with heavy rains to lash Palau in the next 6 hours. Weather conditions will only improve by tomorrow morning (Thursday).

Super Typhoon Haiyan will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility later tonight and will be given a local name of Bagyong Yolanda by PAGASA. Due to the favorable conditions in the Philippine Sea, we expect Haiyan to reach Category 5 intensity by tomorrow and will likely intensify even more as it nears Visayas.

Once again, we are urging everyone in Central Philippines, especially in Samar, Leyte, Biliran, and nearby islands to please prepare now! Stock up on water, food, and other essential supplies. If you reside in landslides and flood-prone areas, please begin to seek shelter by tomorrow.

We'll continue to keep you updated so make sure to always log in to our blog. Stay safe!

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