Typhoon Pablo enters Philippines-A A +A
Sunday, December 2, 2012
MANILA (Updated 7:45 p.m.) -- Typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility Sunday night and the state weather bureau expected it to bring strong winds and heavy rains in the country.
At 6 p.m. Sunday, Typhoon Pablo was located at 900 kilometers southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said.
Pablo is the first tropical cyclone in December and the 16th weather disturbance to enter the country in 2012.
The Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) on Sunday directed all the agency’s units to brace-up for the onslaught of Pablo.
Rear Admiral Luis Tuason Jr., Coast Guard officer-in-charge, placed all Coast Guard units that will be directly affected by the typhoon under heightened alert.
Tuason also ordered all the district commanders in-charge in areas to be affected to coordinate with their counterpart in the Regional Disaster Risk and Management Council for the rescue and assistance activities.
The PCG officer-in-charge said all shipping vessels are not permitted to travel once a public storm warning signal is already hoisted by the weather bureau in the areas that will be affected by the said super typhoon.
The Philippine Navy, meanwhile, said all of its available units are placed on alert for possible disaster response missions. (Sunnex)