(Update)Typhoon 'Pablo' gains speed

December 4, 2012 11:00 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 4 — Typhoon "Pablo" has slightly accelerated as it continues to move towards Siquijor- Negros Oriental area while 13 areas of the country were placed under public storm warning signal number 3, the state weather bureau said.

Weather forecaster Bernie De Leon said that as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, typhoon "Pablo" was located at 30 km Southeast of Dumaguete City (9.1°N, 123.4°E) with maximum sustained winds of 160 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 195 kph.

He said that “Pablo” also accelerated from 20 kph Tuesday morning to 24 kph in the afternoon.

De Leon said it would likely exit the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) via the West Philippine Sea by Friday morning.

De Leon said that the typhoon affected mostly parts of Mindanao and Visayas. Luzon, including Metro Manila, will experience light rains by Wednesday afternoon or evening due to rains bands of the typhoon.

He also said that areas under public storm signal no 3 (winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hrs.) were Northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands, Bohol, Siquijor, Southern Cebu, Negros Oriental, Southern Negros Occidental, Iloilo, Guimaras, Antique, Lanao del Norte, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga del Norte.

Areas that were placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds) were the rest of Palawan, Aklan, Capiz, rest of Cebu, including Camotes Is., rest of Negros Occidental, Misamis Oriental, Agusan del Norte, Bukidnon, Lanao del Sur, Zamboanga del Sur, including Sibugay and Camiguin.

Public storm warning signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Leyte including Biliran, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte incl. Siargao, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat, Agusan del Sur, Davao del Norte, Compostela Valley, North Cotabato and Maguindanao.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides.

Likewise, residents in coastal areas under public storm warning signal 2 and signal 3 were alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by "Pablo".

The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) expects 10 to 18 millimeters per hour of rainfall within the 500-km diameter of the typhoon, which is still classified as “heavy to intense.”

PAGASA also advised fishing boats and other small seacraft not to venture out into the eastern seaboards of the Visayas and Mindanao.

Meanwhile, PAGASA said that typhoon "Pablo" was expected to be at 140 km Southwest of Coron, Palawan by Wednesday afternoon; 450 km West of Subic, Zambales by Thursday afternoon; and 660 km Northwest of Iba, Zambales by Friday afternoon. (PNA)

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