Issued (22 UTC) 6am PhT 110813
Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) is now making landfall in the town of Guiuan in Samar Island. Maximum sustained winds have increased even further to 315kph with gusts that could reach as high as 380kph! These are very catastrophic winds that extend about 20km away from the eye. However, even areas that are up to 100km away from the eye can still get damaging winds of up to 120kph.
As of 5am this morning, here are the latest warnings from PAGASA:
Signal #4: Masbate, Ticao Island, Southern Sorsogon, Romblon, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte. Southern Leyte, Biliran, Northern Cebu, Cebu City, Bantayan, Camotes Islands, Northern Negros, Occidental, Capiz, Aklan, Antique, Iloilo, Guimaras, and Dinagat Island.
Signal #3: Rest of Sorsogon, Burias Island, Albay, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Calamian Group of Islands, Rest of Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Rest of Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, and Siargao Island.
Signal #2: Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Southern Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Metro Manila, Cavite, Bataan, Lubang Islands, Northern Palawan, Puerto Princesa, Siquijor, Camiguin, Surigao Del Sur, and Agusan Del Norte.
Signal #1: Camarines Norte, Rest of Quezon, Polilio Island, Bulacan, Pampanga, Zambales, Misamis Oriental, and Agusan del Sur.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the eye beginning to move near the town of Guiuan. That town will be devastated with winds of up to 380kph. Even eastern portions of Samar Island will face winds of more than 200kph and storm surge of up to 15 feet! Tacloban City will also start to feel winds of 200kph or more in the next half hour with winds of up to 300kph possible by 7am this morning. Storm surge of up to 10 feet is also possible in the city.
Radar Image from ClimateX PH
Meanwhile, latest radar shows the eye of Yolanda moving closer into Visayas. Bands of heavy rains are already affecting many areas and will continue to do so in the next 6 to 12 hours. We're expecting as much as 300mm of rain that could bring widespread flooding and landslides. For more radar images and rainfall forecast, please click HERE (ClimateX PH)
We'll have a more detailed update later this morning. Stay safe!