'Bopha' to bring rains to Metro Manila: PAGASA

Posted at 12/02/2012 12:00 PM | Updated as of 12/02/2012 7:21 PM

MANILA, Philippines – (UPDATED) Aside from Mindanao and Visayas, typhoon “Bopha” will also affect areas in southern Tagalog and even Metro Manila, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Sunday.

In a press conference, PAGASA weather division chief Robert Sawi said “Bopha” will bring rains in parts of Metro Manila on Friday, when the typhoon is likely to weaken or dissipate.

“Bopha” will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) later today, Sawi said. Once it does, it will be renamed “Pablo.”

Sawi said the typhoon was seen moving west northwest at a faster 22 kilometers per hour, with maximum sustained winds of 185 kph and gustiness of 220 kph. It has an estimated rainfall of 20 to 30 millimeters per hour.

It is expected to make landfall over Surigao del Norte on Tuesday morning, bringing stormy weather over Mindanao and Visayas.

“Sailing over the seaboards of Visayas and Mindanao is risky,” Sawi said, adding that floods and landslides are possible in Surigao, Davao, Compostela Valley, Misamis, Bukidnon, Lanao, Zamboanga, Leyte, Cebu, Bohol, Negros, Panay and Mindoro.

“Pablo” will cross the Visayas islands on Wednesday towards Panay, northern Palawan and Mindoro, and over the South Philippine Sea on Thursday as it gradually weakens, Sawi said.

“Further weakening is expected or possible dissipation by Friday. However, it will bring rains in southern Tagalog region including NCR,” he said.

PAGASA administrator Dr. Nathaniel Servando, meanwhile, made it clear that “Pablo” will not pass over Metro Manila.   

“Uulan [sa Metro Manila] ‘pag dumaan ang bagyo sa Mindoro or northern Palawan… ‘di ito direktang tatama ng Metro Manila base sa kasalukuyang impormasyon,” he said. 

Servando said “Pablo” will be the 16th typhoon to enter the PAR this year.