Friday, November 8, 2013

Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Update #12

Issued (1330 UTC) 930pm PhT 110813

Super Typhoon Haiyan (Bagyong Yolanda) has weakened to a Category 4 but remains a very powerful and dangerous cyclone. The eye was last located approximately 15km west of Coron, Palawan or about 300km south southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are down to 250kph with gusts of up to 305kph. STY Haiyan is moving west northwestward at 35kph.

As of 5pm this afternoon, here are the latest Signal Warnings from PAGASA:

Signal #4: extreme northern Palawan, Calamian Group of Island, southern Occidental Mindoro, southern Oriental Mindoro, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras.

Signal #3: rest of Mindoro provinces, Romblon, rest of northern Palawan, including Puerto Princesa City.

Signal #2: Lubang Island, Batangas, Marinduque, rest of Palawan, Burias Island, Masbate, Ticao Island, Negros provinces, Cebu, and Biliran Island.

Signal #1: Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, Camarines provinces, Albay, Samar provinces, Leyte provinces, Camotes Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Sorsogon, Camiguin, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Province.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows that Super Typhoon Haiyan (Bagyong Yolanda) has slightly recovered as it moves across Mindoro Strait. The system weakened down to a Category 4 typhoon after crossing the islands of Samar, Leyte, Cebu, and Panay earlier today. It impacted major cities in the Visayas such as Tacloban, Ormoc, Cebu, Bacolod, Iloilo, Roxas, Kalibo, and even Boracay. Right now, the eye is moving into Coron, Palawan and will begin to exit to the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea) later tonight.

Radar Image from ClimateX PH

Latest radar image out of Tagaytay shows bands of moderate to heavy rains now impacting parts of Mindoro, Palawan, and Luzon. Bands of intense rains associated with the eyewall are moving across Mndoro and near Coron. This is where intense rainfall rates and strong winds can be felt. Meanwhile, a separate band of heavy rains is moving through Southern and Central Luzon affecting CALABARZON, Metro Manila, and provinces north such as Bulacan and Pampanga.

All in all, we're expecting anywhere from 100 to as much as 200mm of rain overnight which could bring widespread flooding and landslides. For the latest radar images and rainfall forecasts please click HERE (ClimatX PH).

As far as the effects and reports from the affected areas, we have received a report of at least four (4) people dead so far and dozens injured. Provinces in Samar, Leyte, and nearby islands remain isolated and in total blackout due to the storm. Widespread damages have been reported and documented across Tacloban and Ormoc Cities. We have yet to receive any report from Panay Island particularly in Roxas City and also in Boracay.

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We'll have another update tomorrow morning. Stay safe!

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