Typhoon Pablo accelerates; signal number 1 raised

Public storm warning signal was raised in some Visayas and Mindanao provinces on Sunday after Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) accelerated and entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).

In its 11 p.m. Sunday weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) hoisted public storm warning signal number 1 in Bohol, Biliran, Camotes Island, Southern Leyte, Leyte, Eastern Samar, and Western Samar. Read more

Typhoon Pablo enters Philippines

Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Sunday night and the state weather bureau expected it to bring strong winds and heavy rains in the country.

At 6 p.m. Sunday, Typhoon Pablo was located at 900 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Read more

Coast Guard units alerted for ‘Pablo’

THE Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Sunday directed all the agency’s units to brace-up for the upcoming onslaught of Super Typhoon “Pablo” (International codename: Bopha).

Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr., Coast Guard officer-in-charge and vice commandant for operations, said all PCG units must be prepared for the weather disturbance as it approaches the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). Read more

Navy alert units, disaster response teams for ‘Bopha’

With typhoon “Bopha” (international name) expected to enter the country’s area of responsibility Sunday night or early Monday, the Philippine Navy (PN) said all of its available units are placed on alert for possible disaster response missions.

Aside from the ships, PN spokesperson Colonel Omar Tonsay said all of their disaster response task units (DRTUs) are also on standby. Read more

Typhoon to enter Philippines tonight

Typhoon Bopha (international name) continues to intensify as it is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Sunday evening, the state weather bureau said.

Bopha was spotted at 1,110 kilometers (km) east southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur at 11 a.m. Sunday, the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said. Read more

Editorial: Preparing Editorial: Preparing for the worstfor the worst

ALMOST a year after Cagayan de Oro City and other parts of Northern Mindanao was hit by Tropical Storm Sendong, residents are again bracing for yet another possible surge of heavy rain as the weather bureau expects Typhoon Pablo to make a landfall on Tuesday, possibly hitting northeastern parts of Mindanao.

In Cagayan de Oro, the City Government is reportedly looking at evacuating at least 15,000 families living in critical areas along the Cagayan de Oro River as Pablo is feared to be the strongest storm to hit the Philippines this year, much stronger than last year’s “Sendong.” Read more

Luczon: Facing the storm

TWELVE days short, more or less, until the first anniversary of that Tropical Storm “Sendong” had set its wrath over Northern Mindanao, and here we are anticipating yet another storm that is said to be much stronger than last year. I hope that the day this will be printed, it will change its course or will lessen its intensity, God Willing.

This storm whose name was internationally known as “Bopha,” and soon to be “Pablo” when it enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR), is said to become a “super typhoon” with a diameter of 400-500 kilometers and 500-millimeter rainfall measurement, dwarfing “Sendong” with at least a difference of 400 millimeters.
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Despite presence of many politicians, thanksgiving mass focuses on San Pedro

PRESIDENT Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III allegedly held up the start of the national thanksgiving mass for the canonization of San Pedro Calungsod yesterday. The President, who arrived at the event with Hilario “Junjun” Davide III, Liberal Party’s (LP) gubernatorial candidate in Cebu, was reportedly 15 minutes late. Read the rest of this entry