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Super typhoon to hit Tuesday Stronger than Sendong

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Bopha” is forecasted to make landfall in the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday, December 4, according to data by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

JTWC estimated that the typhoon may make landfall in the vicinity of Butuan and Surigao.

It is expected to bring maximum sustained winds of 231 kilometers per hour (kph).

 

According to Tropical Storm Risk, potential damage from a typhoon of Bopha's strength includes destruction of mobile homes, damage to doors and windows, damage to ground level structures by the coastline and uprooted trees.

Flooding and storm surge 13 to 18 feet above normal are also expected.

Tropical Storm Risk noted, however, that the warning should only be used as a guide and not be used to “make life or death decisions.”

State weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, said the typhoon is still far to affect the country, but it is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday.

Once it does, it will be named “Pablo”.

In its weather bulletin on Saturday, PAGASA said the typhoon was last seen 1,600 kilometers east of southern Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and gustiness of up to 200 kph.

PAGASA said it is forecast to move in a west northwest direction at a speed of 20 kph.

Forecasters earlier said the typhoon is expected to be stronger than tropical storm “Sendong”, which caused massive devastation in Mindanao December last year.

International ship captain Jun Mendez when interviewed by the Chronicle last night said that the super typhoon is forecast to hit Surigao by Wednesday dawn.

The regional office of the Philippine Information Agency based in Cebu had relayed the advisory from PAGASA-DOST-Visayas, stating that at 2 am. yesterday, the typhoon with international name "Boppha" was located 1,760 kilometers east of southern Mindanao (4.5 degrees N; 143 degrees east) and was monitored moving at 20 kilometers per hour.

Based on PAGASA forecast, Cebu City and Cebu province, and the rest of Central Visayas would be partly cloudy and sunny until Tuesday morning when it is expected to be cloudy with light to moderate rain and at times heavy from Tuesday night until Wednesday.

Iloilo and the rest of Western Visayas would be fine and clear until Monday. then with light to moderate rain becoming heavy on Tuesday night until Wednesday.

Tacloban and the rest of Eastern Visayas would be fine and sunny with light rain until Monday then moderate to heavy rain on Tuesday night that would become heavy on Wednesday.

Puerto Princesa and the rest of Palawan, San Jose, and Mindoro would mainly have fine and clear weather until Tuesday wherein light to moderate wind from the northeast will blow.

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