Pagasa advises public to brace for Typhoon Bopha

Residents of Visayas and Mindanao have been advised to be ready for a typhoon that could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday.

Residents of Visayas and Mindanao have been advised to be ready for a typhoon that could enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday.

 

Sun.Star Cebu reports the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration has advised disaster managers "to be alert to the possible effects of the incoming weather disturbance." Bopha, which will be called Pablo if it enters the Philippines, was east of Mindanao and moving west at 20 kilometers per hour according to the report. At the time of the report, it had maximum sustained winds of 165 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 200 kilometers per hour.

 

Cagayan de Oro, which was hit hard by Typhoon Sendong in 2011, is preparing for up to 15,000 families who may have to evacuate their homes. The report quotes engineer Armen Cuenca, assistant disaster officer for the city, as saying "fire trucks and police vehicles will sound their sirens all around the critical areas (on Monday). This will signal the forced evacuation that we will be implementing ahead of the typhoon."

 

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