All warning signals in Mindanao lifted as 'Pablo' weakens

Posted at 12/05/12 12:07 PM

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon "Pablo" further weakened after making landfall in northern Palawan, weather bureau PAGASA said before noon Wednesday.

PAGASA said as of 10 a.m., "Pablo" was located 120 kilometers northeast of Puerto Princesa City. Its eye hit Palawan at 8 a.m., according to PAGASA forecaster Cris Perez.

No more area in Mindanao is under any public storm warning signal as the typhoon continued to move towards the West Philippine Sea.

PAGASA said northern Palawan and the Calamian Group of Islands remain under signal no. 3, while the rest of Palawan is under signal no. 2.

Meanwhile, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Lubang Island and Antique remain under signal no. 1.

PAGASA said from its previous wind strength of 130 kilometers per hour (kph), Pablo is now packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gusts of up to 150 kph.

"Pablo", which has already claimed close to 100 lives, also slowed down, moving northwest at 19 kph.

Perez said with this speed and direction, "Pablo" is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Thursday evening.

At least 86,912 people were forced to flee their homes as Pablo battered parts of Visayas and Mindanao.

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) said 86,912 people are in 162 evacuation centers as of 6 a.m. today.

Most of the evacuees came from the Caraga region (65,923), followed by Northern Mindanao (12,985), Davao Region (4,155) and Eastern Visayas (3,849).