A tropical cyclone may enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility late Sunday or early Monday this is according to PAGASA. It intensified Friday afternoon and residents in Eastern Visayas and Mindanao are advised to take appropriate precautions.
The storm internationally codenamed Bopha was estimated at 1,040 km east of the eastern border of the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR). It will be locally codenamed Pablo when it enters the PAR.
Bopha has packed maximum winds of 95 kph near the center and gustiness up to 120 kph and is forecast to move west at 20 kph.
PAGASA said the storm is expected to make itself felt middle of next week. It advised residents including those in coastal areas in eastern Visayas and Mindanao who may be hit first, to take precautions.
The weather agency warned that since the storm continues to gather strength at sea it may be very powerful upon entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility.
The cyclone was considered a “typhoon” in the 5 p.m. update of the United States Joint Typhoon Warning Center. The update said it has maximum winds of 65 knots (120.38 kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 85 knots (157.42 kph).
Japan Meteorological Agency’s 5:45 p.m. update meantime, considered the cyclone a severe tropical storm, moving at 29 kph west.
JMA said it has maximum winds of 50 knots (92.6 kph) and gustiness of up to 70 knots (129.64 kph).
Southern Mindanao, meanwhile is still affected by the inter-tropical convergence zone, this is according to PAGASA’s 5 p.m. 2 p.m. bulletin.