Yolanda called 2013 ‘most Powerful’ typhoon
American weather centre The Weather Channel just called typhoon Yolanda (international name:
Haiyan) the ‘most powerful typhoon for 2013.’ It reported that Hawaii-based weather agency Joint
Typhoon Warning Centre (JTWC) has officially raised the typhoon to a Category 5, with top sustained
winds of 281kph or 175mph.
JTWC also expects that the super typhoon category may remain in the next 36 hours. The Japan
Meteorological Agency meanwhile classified the storm as a ‘violent’ weather disturbance.
The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical and Services Administration (Pagasa) earlier
announced that typhoon Yolanda entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) after midnight
Wednesday. Pagasa has already raised storm signals in parts of eastern Visayas, northeastern Mindanao
and Southeastern Luzon as typhoon Yolanda nears the coast.
Connie Dadivas of Pagasa said that at maximum wind speed of 215kph near the centre and gustiness of
250kph, Yolanda is so far the strongest to hit the country this year. With a span of 600km, almost as big
as Visayas, Yolanda may also be the biggest this year.
As of Thursday noon, Pagasa spotted the eye of the typhoon at 637km east of Surigao del Sur. Pagasa’s
noontime updates reveal light to moderate and at times heavy rains are affecting Quezon, Cebu, Negros,
Siquijor, Bohol, Misamis, Bukidnon and Lanao.
The storm track has been revised and landfall is expected to occur over Leyte between 10-11am Friday.
Yolanda is expected to exit Philippine landmass by Saturday 2am.
The typhoon is still expected to exit PAR by early Sunday morning.