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Pagasa expects approaching typhoon’s possible landfall

A typhoon (with international name Haiyan) that continues intensifying in the Pacific Ocean will most likely make landfall as a typhoon in the Philippines this week.
“Latest available data indicate a big possibility for such occurrence,” said weatherman Ben Oris from the state-run Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
He said that at present, “Haiyan” is packing winds of 95 kilometers per hour and gustiness of 120 kph.
That storm is about 2,170 km east of Mindanao and moving at 25 kph in a west-northwest direction at present, he noted.
If “Haiyan” maintains such speed and direction, he said the storm will likely enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday, Nov. 7.
“The storm will make landfall around Friday in Eastern Visayas, possibly the Samar-Leyte area, should it continue moving at the same speed and direction,” he also said.
Pagasa is not discounting the possibility of “Haiyan” being a typhoon already by the time it makes landfall in the country.
“That can happen as ‘Haiyan’ is still over Pacific waters gathering more strength,” he said.
Should the storm maintain its track and speed, Oris said it will cross the Visayas and exit the Philippine landmass around Mimaropa region (Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon, and Palawan).
“The storm is projected to be outside PAR by Sunday (Nov. 10),” he said.
Disaster hit the Visayas last month as a 7.2-magnitude killer earthquake struck Bohol province there, killing hundreds of people and damaging dozens of public and private infrastructure in the area and elsewhere.
Pagasa will rename “Haiyan” as “Yolanda” once the storm enters PAR.
Several reports describe “Haiyan” as a supertyphoon.
Oris said “Haiyan” is not so yet since supertyphoons are those that pack winds of almost 200 kph and over.
Typhoons pack winds of 100 kph to 180 kph while those for storms range from 60 kph to 100 kph, he added.
Oris said “Yolanda” stands to be the 24th tropical storm in the Philippines this year.
The country averages some 20 tropical storms annually, he noted.
For November, he said Pagasa expects one to three tropical storms in the country.             PNA

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