Filipinos are urged to prepare as typhoon "Pablo" (international name "Bopha") is seen to enter the Philippines late Sunday and hit several areas in Visayas and Mindanao.
The typhoon could be the strongest to strike the country so far this year, with the U.S. Navy and Air Force Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) classifying it early Sunday as a "super typhoon" having winds that could peak at 231 kilometers per hour (kph).
"The typhoon east of Southern Mindanao is expected to enter the Philippine area of responsibility this evening and will be named 'Pablo,'" the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomic Services Administration (Pag-asa) said in its 11 a.m. bulletin Sunday.
Pablo has maximum sustained winds of 185 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph, the state weather bureau added.
Its center was last spotted 10 a.m. Sunday at 1,110 kilometers east southest of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.
The typhoon east of Southern Mindanao is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) this evening and will be named Bagyong Pablo, state weather bureau PAGASA reported on Sunday.
At 6:00 p.m. today, PAGASA said Bagyong Pablo was spotted at 900 kilometers Southeast of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur with with maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move West Northwest at 22 kph.
No public storm signal has been raised as Typhoon Pablo is still far to directly affect any part of the country.
Estimated rainfall amount is from 20 to 30 millimeteres per hour (heavy to intense) within the 700-km diameter of Bagyong Pablo, weather experts said.
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