After making six landfalls, typhoon “Yolanda” (international codename Haiyan) has weakened while traversing the West Philippine Sea and is expected to exit Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this afternoon, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.
In an interview, PAGASA weather forecaster Joey Figuracion said that as of 4 a.m. the eye of typhoon “Yolanda” was located at 405 km west of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro (12.4°N, 117.3°E)
He noted Yolanda’s wind strength has decreased from 215 kph to 175 kph while its gustiness weakened from250 kph to 210 kph.
He added Yolanda maintained its west northwest movement but the speed decelerated from 40 kph to 35 kph.
Maintaining its speed and movement, Figuracion said Yolanda is expected to be out of the PAR by 2 p.m. Saturday and is headed towards Vietnam.
He added that once Yolanda exits, it is not expected to recurve or return to the country.
Yolanda is forecast to be at 760 km west northwest of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro or outside PAR Saturday afternoon.
He said several areas remained under public storm warning signal no. 2 (61-100 kph winds), particularly northern Palawan and Calamian Group of Islands.
Public storm warning signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds), on the other hand, is hoisted over Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Marinduque, Batangas, northern Palawan, including Puerto Princesa City, Cuyo Island, northern Aklan, Boracay Island, northern Antique and Semirara Island.
“Residents in low lying and mountainous areas under signal 2 and 1 are alerted against possible flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under the aforementioned signal 2 are alerted against storm surges which may reach up to 5-meter wave height,” PAGASA said.
PAGASA said that estimated rainfall amount is from 10.0 – 20.0 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 400 km diameter out of 600 km diameter of the typhoon.
It added that sea travel is risky over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and Visayas.
Figuracion said that once Yolanda exits the country, expect a gradual weather improvement in most parts of the country starting Sunday morning.
He added that in the next two to three days no weather disturbance will affect the country except for northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon.
For Saturday forecast, PAGASA said that extreme northern Palawan including Calamian Group of Islands will experience stormy weather with rough to phenomenal seas.
It added that the rest of Mimaropa, Batangas, Aklan including Boracay Island, northern Antique including Semirara Island will have rains and gusty wind with moderate to rough seas while Zamboanga Peninsula and the rest of Luzon and of Visayas will be cloudy with light to moderate rains and thunderstorms.
The rest of Mindanao will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
PAGASA also issued a gale warning as strong to gale force winds associated with the surge of northeast monsoon enhanced by Typhoon “Yolanda” is expected to affect the seaboards of Northern Luzon, Central Luzon and the eastern seaboards of Southern Luzon and of Visayas.
“Fishing boats and other small seacrafts are advised not to venture out into the sea while larger sea vessels are alerted against big waves,” it said. PNA