‘Haiyan’ intensifies into typhoon

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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

MANILA (Updated) -- The tropical cyclone heading for the Philippines further intensified Wednesday afternoon as it moves closer to the country, the state weather agency said.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said that as of 4 p.m., Typhoon Haiyan was estimated at 1,221 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao, with maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

Pagasa said Haiyan is forecast to move west northwest at 30 kph.

"This weather disturbance is expected to enter The Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Thursday early morning (November 7). It is expected to make landfall over Samar-Leyte Provinces by Friday (Between 11 a.m. - 1 p.m., November 8) and to exit The Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday early morning (November 10)," Pagasa said.

Once Haiyan enters PAR, it will be locally named Yolanda. Haiyan will be the 24th cyclone to enter PAR in this year.

Typhoon Haiyan
Satellite image of Typhoon Haiyan. (Source: US Navy's JTWC)

US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said that Haiyan rapidly intensified for the past 24 hours from 102 kph to 194 kph.

Meanwhile, Pagasa said the Northeast Monsoon is still affecting Northern and Central Luzon.

It said the whole country may expect partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rain over Cagayan Valley, Cordillera, Ilocos and Central Luzon.

Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience isolated thunderstorms or rainshowers, especially in the Eastern section.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council already issued a warning, placing several areas in Visayas, Mindanao and Luzon under red alert in preparation for Typhoon Haiyan. (JK/SFP/Sunnex)

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