A potential super typhoon threatens the Philippines. According to state weather bureau Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), a super typhoon, with international name “Haiyan” may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday and will be locally named as “Yolanda” once it enters PAR.
Yolanda will largely affect Southern Luzon, Visayas region and Northern Mindanao including the recently quake-stricken Bohol and Cebu. It is forecast to develop into a severe weather disturbance (a typhoon) before it enters the Philippines. It has gustiness of over 125 mph as it approaches the central Philippines. PAGASA also said that there is a possibility that a storm Signal No. 4 may be raised in areas that will be directly affected by the incoming cyclone.
The super typhoon “will cut through Visayas and exit through Mindoro. If it maintains its westward track, it has a low chance of hitting Metro Manila. But it may also go west-northwest,” says Rene Paciente of PAGASA.
Yolanda will exit the Philippines by Sunday through Mindoro.