By Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan
MANILA (2-Dec-2012/PNA) – Typhoon “Bopha” (international name) is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Sunday evening, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
Weather Forecaster Meno Mendoza said that once the typhoon enters the Philippine territory, it will be locally named “Pablo” -– the first in December and the 16th tropical cyclone to enter the country this year.
For the month of December, he said one to two more tropical cyclones may still enter the country.
As of 4 p.m. Sunday, the eye of typhoon “Bopha” was located based on satellite and surface data at 970 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur (06.4°N, 135.6°E) with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move west-northwest at 22 kph.
Mendoza said the typhoon is still far to directly affect any part of the country, but once it enters PAR, its effects would likely be felt starting Tuesday.
He added that the typhoon has a “high chance” to make a landfall in Eastern Visayas or Northeastern Mindanao by Tuesday afternoon, traverse the country between Mindoro and Palawan and exit to the West Philippine Sea after 24 hours.
“Once na mag-landfall by Tuesday afternoon, after 24 hours ay lalabas na ito by Wednesday sa pagitan ng Mindoro at Palawan, then will go to the West Philippine Sea,” Mendoza said.
According to him, the typhoon will bring rains in some parts of Luzon, including Metro Manila, while exiting the country.
PAGASA said the cyclone may bring rainfall of 20 to 30 millimeters per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700-km diameter.
By Monday morning, the typhoon is forecast to be 660 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur. By Tuesday morning, it is expected to be 140 km east-northeast of Hinatuan or 230 km east-southeast of Surigao City.
On Wednesday morning, it is expected to be 60 km north of Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental.
PAGASA has advised the public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned to take appropriate action. (PNA)