Yolanda is on her way and she’s quite fierce. Protect us from her fury and her hands of destruction. Let her pass without harming our land. I fear for our safety in spite of the fact that my family and I prepared for the upcoming storm because of the unknown turn of events and possible worst outcomes. We still pray and put our trust in You for Yolanda is predicted to be super strong. I pray for all the people around me and keep everyone safe and no lives will be at stake.
With Your loving hand, shield us against Yolanda and let not her tears drown our land. Thank You for always being there and also for looking after all of us.
Supertyphoon nears PH
US meteorologists see ‘Yolanda’ packing 241-kph winds
SUPERSTORM COMING. Tropical Storm “Haiyan,” which is expected to strengthen in 48 hours into a supertyphoon with peak intensity of 241 kilometers per hour, is forecast to make landfall in the Samar-Leyte area by Friday afternoon. It will be named “Yolanda” when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility. DOST-PAGASA MAP
Tropical Storm “Haiyan” will likely turn into a supertyphoon as it enters the Philippine area of responsibility in the next 48 hours, US meteorologists said on Tuesday.
“Due to very favorable environmental conditions, rapid intensification is forecast over the next 48 hours with a peak intensity of 130 knots (241 kilometers per hour),” said a forecast by the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).
The JTWC of the US Department of Defense categorizes storms with wind speeds of 241 kph as a supertyphoon. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) officially uses no such classification.
Haiyan, which will be named “Yolanda” when it enters the Philippine area of responsibility, is expected to arrive on Thursday morning and make landfall in the Samar-Leyte area by Friday afternoon, Pagasa said.
It will have turned into a typhoon once it comes in, moving westward at 25 kph, weather forecasting section chief Rene Paciente said.
“It 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,” he said.
The JTWC echoed the Pagasa forecast, saying Haiyan will make landfall over central Philippines.
It “will then weaken as it tracks across the Philippine islands but should emerge over the South China Sea at near 115 knot intensity (214 kph).
Pagasa uses a different method in calculating wind speeds and its numbers tend to be more conservative than the JTWC’s.
Disaster councils activated
In Mandaue City, Mayor Jonas Cortes activated the five clusters of 27 barangays (villages), with each head tasked with disseminating information to the public about the incoming typhoon.
Mandaue information officer Roger Paller said Cortes also had directed forced evacuation of families living near the Mahiga creek once the river reached the critical level.
“If in case Yolanda makes landfall in the region, the people should seek temporary shelter in a sturdy building or on high ground,” said Rey Gozon, the regional director of the OCD and chair of the Regional Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.
Gozon appealed to fishermen not to venture to the open seas during this time to avoid getting lost or, worse, getting killed.
Other local officials like Mayor Alexis San Luis of Pili, Camarines Sur province, in a message over Facebook, appealed for prayers and cooperation from netizens.
He said Yolanda might cause waters to rise from Bicol River, which traverses the coastal areas of Camarines Sur.
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