Typhoon Yolanda makes 5th landfall in Iloilo

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Friday, November 8, 2013

CEBU (Updated 1 p.m.) -- Typhoon Yolanda (international codename: Haiyan), considered as the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year, has made its fifth landfall over Concepcion, Iloilo at noon Friday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported.

Yolanda previously hit the land of Bantayan Island, Cebu at 10:40 a.m. Friday. It made its third landfall at 9:40 over Daanbantayan, Cebu, second landfall over Tolosa, Leyte around around 7 a.m., a few hours after it made its first landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

Yolanda packed maximum sustained winds of 215 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph. A cyclone "makes landfall" when its center or its eye hits a landmass.

Yolanda is moving west northwest at 40 kph.

The US Navy's Joint Typhoon Warning Center in Hawaii said it was the strongest tropical cyclone in the world this year. Cyclone Phailin, which hit eastern India on October 12, packed sustained winds of up to 222 kph and stronger gusts.

Pagasa said Yolanda will cross Visayan Sea and will hit Panay Island between noon to 1 p.m., then pass the southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga. It will exit the Philippine land mass Friday evening and head toward the West Philippine Sea.

Yolanda is expected to be at 240 kilometers northwest of Coron, Palawan by Saturday evening. By Saturday afternoon, it will be at 720 kilometers northwest of Coron, Palawan or outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Typhoon Yolanda
Satellite image of Typhoon Yolanda (Haiyan) (Source: US NOAA)

Pagasa hoisted public storm signal number 4 over:

Southern Occidental Mindoro
Southern Oriental Mindoro
Calamian Island
Northern Cebu
Cebu City
Bantayan Island
Northern Negros Occidental

These areas will experience 185 kph winds in at least 12 hours.

Areas under storm signal number 3 (100 to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours):

Rest of Occidental Mindoro
Rest of Oriental Mindoro
Burias Island
Ticao Island
Northern Palawan
Puerto Princesa City
Northern Samar
Eastern Samar
Southern Leyte
Rest of Cebu
Negros Oriental
Rest of Negros Occidental
Camotes Island
Biliran Province
Dinagat Province

Areas under storm signal number 2 (60 to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours):

Metro Manila
Southern Quezon
Camarines Sur
Lubang Island
Rest of Palawan
Surigao del Norte

Areas under storm signal number 1 (30-60 kph winds may be expected in at least 36 hours):

Camarines Norte
Rest of Quezon
Polilio Island
Surigao del Sur
Misamis Oriental
Agusan del Norte

Pagasa said Yolanda may bring rainfall of 10.0 to 30.0 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 400-kilometer diameter.

It warned residents in low-lying and mountainous areas under storm signals 2 to 4 to be alert against possible flash floods and landslides.

Also, it said those in coastal areas under signals 2 to 4 should be alert against storm surges that may generate waves of up to seven meters.

As for casualties, the Office of Civil Defense-Caraga said a certain Jimmy Bueno was killed in Surigao del Sur on Thursday due to electrocution. The NDRRMC has yet to come out with an update.

In a television interview, Southern Leyte Governor Roger Mercado reported that the province suffered power outage, storm surges and some roads are impassable.

“Malakas ang bagyo dito, talagang hinagupit,” he said.

He also advised other areas along the path of the typhoon to make pre-emptive evacuation of residents and preposition relief goods. At least 5,000 families were moved to safer grounds in the province. (JK/SFP/Virgil B. Lopez/Sunnex)

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