'Pablo' weakens further; 10 areas under signal no. 3
MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon “Pablo” has weakened further as it continued to move towards Palawan, weather bureau PAGASA said Tuesday.
In its 11 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said the typhoon was carrying maximum sustained winds of 140 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of 170 kph, down from 175 kph maximum winds when it made landfall in Davao Oriental Tuesday morning.
The typhoon was expected to be 355 km west of Coron, Palawan by Wednesday night and 750 km west of Metro Manila by Thursday.
PAGASA said rains are expected in Southern Tagalog and Metro Manila as early as Wednesday.
Pablo, which was moving northwest at a speed of 24 kph, is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Friday.
Ten areas remain under signal number 3, namely:
- Northern Palawan
- Calamian group of islands
- Southern Cebu
- Negros Oriental
- Negros Occidental
The rest of Palawan, Aklan, Capiz, the rest of Cebu, Lanao Del Norte, Misamis Occidental, Zamboanga del Norte, and Camiguin are under storm signal number 2.
Meanwhile, storm signal 1 is hoisted over Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, Leyte province including Biliran, Camotes Island and Southern Leyte, Zamboanga del Sur including Sibugay, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Dinagat, Agusan del Sur, Agusan del Norte, Bukidnon, Misamis Oriental and Lanao del Sur.
The typhoon brought strong winds and heavy rains in Visayas and Mindanao on Tuesday, forcing more than 50,000 of residents to flee their homes.
At least 80 people have died in Mindanao due to the typhoon’s onslaught.
In New Bataan town in Compostela Valley, at least 43 people died when flash floods swept away an Army patrol base, a landslide hit a community, and trees fell on people.
Nine soldiers remain missing in the area.
The typhoon also killed at least 29 people in Davao Oriental province. A total of 23 people died in Cateel town alone because of a flash flood caused by a storm surge.
At least 95 others were also injured in the province.