Manila, Philippines – A typhoon with international name “Bopha” is threatening to make landfall over Northeastern Mindanao or Eastern Visayas by Thursday, the state weather agency said on Saturday.
According to Leny Ruiz, forecaster of the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), typhoon “Bopha” is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR) by early morning of Monday east of Mindanao.
It will be locally named “Pablo” once it enters the Philippine vicinity.
As of Saturday morning, “Bopha” was located at 1,760 kilometers (km) east of Southern Mindanao and is forecast to move west at 20 kilometers per hour (kph).
Ruiz said “Bopha” has maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and gustiness of 200 kph.
PAGASA said the tropical cyclone is embedded along the intertropical convergence zone (ITCZ) affecting Southern Mindanao.
It said Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas and Mindanao will have partly cloudy skies with isolated brief rain showers or thunderstorms on Sunday, while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will experience fair weather.
In December last year, tropical storm “Sendong” (international name: Washi) brought “super heavy rainfall” in Mindanao, particularly over Iligan and Cagayan de Oro cities.
Based on the climatological track during this period, weather forecaster Jori Loiz explained that there is a higher possibility that cyclones may move across the landmass of Visayas or Mindanao. (Ellalyn B. de Vera)
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