'Bopha' to hit PH on Tuesday: JTWC

Posted at 12/01/12 10:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Bopha” is forecasted to make landfall in the eastern part of Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday, December 4, according to data by the US Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC).

JTWC estimated that the typhoon may make landfall in the vicinity of Butuan and Surigao.

Forecast track of "Bopha" from JTWC

It is expected to bring maximum sustained winds of 231 kilometers per hour (kph).

According to Tropical Storm Risk, potential damage from a typhoon of Bopha’s strength includes destruction of mobile homes, damage to doors and windows, damage to ground level structures by the coastline and uprooted trees.

Flooding and storm surge 13 to 18 feet above normal are also expected.

Tropical Storm Risk noted, however, that the warning should only be used as a guide and not be used to “make life or death decisions.”

State weather bureau PAGASA, meanwhile, said the typhoon is still far to affect the country, but it is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Monday.

Once it does, it will be named “Pablo”.

In its weather bulletin on Saturday, PAGASA said the typhoon was last seen 1,600 kilometers east of southern Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 165 kph and gustiness of up to 200 kph.

PAGASA said it is forecast to move in a west northwest direction at a speed of 20 kph.

Forecasters earlier said the typhoon is expected to be stronger than tropical storm “Sendong”, which caused massive devastation in Mindanao December last year.