'Pablo" makes 4th landfall in Palawan as it maintains strength

December 5, 2012 11:15 pm 

By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan

MANILA, Dec. 5 — At least four areas remained under public storm warning signal as typhoon "Pablo" maintained its strength as it moved towards west northwest of Palawan, according to Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

Weather forecaster Buddy Javier said as of 5 p.m. Wednesday, typhoon "Pablo" was located at 120 km Northwest of Roxas, Northern Palawan (11.2°N, 118.6°E) with maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometer per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

Typhoon Pablo is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph and expected to be at 510 km West of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro by Thursday afternoon and at 700 km West of Subic, Zambales or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Friday afternoon.

Javier said that typhoon Pablo slightly weakened after making a landfall four times.

“Unang landfall ni Pablo sa Banganga, Davao Oriental around 4:45 a.m. Tuesday, then next na landfall sa Siquijor around 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, then third landfall in Dumaguete sa Negros Oriental around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday then yung pang-apat na landfall sa Roxas, Northern Palawan kaninang 8 a.m. Wednesday,” Javier said.

He said that based on the models, typhoon Pablo would make loop in west Mindoro or in west Metro Manila.

“Sa nakikita nating scenario maaring magloop ito sa west Mindoro or west ng Metro Manila pero hindi na ito makakapagbigay ng ulan dahil active na yung hangin amihan or northeast monsoon dahil yung mga bagyo hindi tumatagal sa malamig na hangin,” Javier said, adding that Luzon, including Metro Manila would experience light rains due to northeast monsoon.

Typhoon Pablo is expected to be out of the country by Thursday evening via west Philippine sea.

Meanwhile, Javier said that public storm signal number 3 (101-185 kph winds) remained hoisted over Northern Palawan and Calamian Group of Islands while the rest of Palawan were placed under public storm warning signal number 2 (61-100 kph winds).

Public storm warning Signal No. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, was hoisted over Occidental Mindoro.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals were 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'.

PAGASA also advised fishing boats and other small sea craft not to venture out into the seaboards of Southern Luzon and western Visayas. (PNA)

RMA/CLTC

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