Friday, November 8, 2013

Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) Update #13

Issued (0130 UTC) 930am PhT 110813

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Haiyan (Bagyong Yolanda) has finally weakened from a Super Typhoon but remains a very strong Category 4 system. The storm center was last located approximately 400km northwest of Puerto Princesa City, Palawan or about 560km southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds have gone down to 215kph with gusts of up to 260kph. Typhoon Haiyan is moving westward at 30kph.

As of 5am this morning, PAGASA has lowered all Signal #3 and Signal #4; here are the remaining warnings:

Signal #2: extreme northern Palawan, and Calamian Group of Islands.

Signal #1: Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Batangas, northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa City, Cuyo Island, northern Aklan, Boracay Island, northern Antique, and Semirara Island.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows the Central Dense Overcast (CDO) of Haiyan/Yolanda now moving into the South China Sea/West Philippine Sea. The eye is also trying to form again as it emerges into the open waters. We may see slight intensification in the next 12 hours but we're not expecting the system to reach Super Typhoon status any longer.

Bands of light to moderate rains are still affecting parts of Central and Northern Luzon. There could still be as much as 50mm of rain falling in the next 6 to 12 hours and landslides and flooding are still possible. Winds of up to 80kph are also continuing to blow across Western Philippines including Palawan, Mindoro, and Southern Luzon. Much of Visayas is now seeing improving weather and they could even see the sun later this afternoon.

Typhoon Haiyan will continue moving westward across the South China Sea and should leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility for good later today. Haiyan will then move towards Vietnam and could make landfall there by tomorrow afternoon (Sunday) as a weakening Category 2 typhoon.

We'll have another update later this afternoon.

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