Super Typhoon BOPHA / Pablo – Update 09:00 PM on December 02, 2012


Super Typhoon BOPHA / Pablo has entered PAR (the Philippines Area of Responsibility). It continues its straight run towards northern Mindanao and the southern and central Visayas.

We strongly advice people living within the forecast track line to prepare and look for shelter.
Make sure to have enough water and food. Get fuel for your generator, buy load for your cellphone.
Protect your belongings (e.g. plywood to protect windows). Put valueablles on high shelves
Secure or bring in any item that might fly around and hit people and buildings.
Secure your roof with ropes or tie-wire. 

Super Typhoon BOPHAL / Pablo might be at least as strong as MIKE / Rubing in 1990.


All agencies focus on Surigao – Camiguin – Bohol -Cebu – Negros – Panay.


JMA sees the storm moving a bit more northwards. 

Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): BOPHA / Pablo
Class: Super Typhoon Category 4
Time/Date of observation: 07:00 PM on December 02, 2012
Location of Center: 6.4º North 135.0º East
Moving Direction and Speed: West @ 28 km/h = 17 mph
Moving towards: Palau
Distance from the Philippines:  973 km Mati City
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: ~ 03:00 PM on December 4, 2012
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 250 km/h = 155 mph
Peak Wind Gusts: 305km/h = 190 mph
Minimum Central Pressure: 922 hPa
Diameter: 775 km = 481 mi
24h Rainfall near Center: 300 mm = 11.8 in
Max. Wave Height: 15.8 m = 52 ft
Here you find how to read and understand this data Link

PAGASA warnings and signals:

Signal 1
30-60 km/h
Signal 2
60-100 km/h
Signal 3
100-185 km/h
Signal 4
above 185 km/h
n/a n/a n/a n/a
Here you find you find more information about the storm warning signals Link

The PAGASA guys are really waiting until the last minute. It might be too late! Why not warn and help the people early enough. 

People here in Camiguin know that there will be a bad storm coming, but nobody told them to protect their houses and look for shelter uphill. 

Current weather is here Link

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