MANILA – The super typhoon Yolanda which entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) Wednesday midnight continues to intensify as it moves closer to the islands of Eastern Visayas.

As of 9:30 GMT+8,  Yolanda was already spotted 712 km east of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur and continues to move West Northwest at the speed of 30 kph.

The said typhoon has intensified its maximum sustained winds to 215 kph near the center and its gustiness up to 250 kph.

It is expected to make a landfall on Eastern Visayas at 10: 30 tomorrow morning with more intensified strength as it continues to gain strength at Philippine waters.

Eight areas in Visayas and Mindanao have been raised to storm signal no. 2 as Typhoon Yolanda approaches the country Thursday morning:

Eastern Samar
· Samar
· Southern Leyte
· Surigao del Norte
· Siagao Island
· Dinagat Island
· northern part of Surigao del Sur
· Agusan del Norte.

Meanwhile, the following areas were raised to storm signal no. 1:

· Camarines Norte,
· Camarines Sur
· Catanduanes
· Albay
· Sorsogon
· Ticao Is.
· Burias Is.
· Masbate
· Romblon
· Marinduque
· Southern Quezon,
· Aklan, Capiz
· Iloilo
· Antique
· Guimaras
· Negros Occidental
· Orienrtal
· Cebu
· Camotes Is.
· Bohol
· Siquijor
· Leyte
· Biliran Is.
· Northern Samar
· Camiguin
· Misamis Oriental
· The rest of Agusan del Norte
· Agusan del Sur
· the rest of Surigao del Sur

Classes Suspension due to Typhoon Yolanda

Because of the anticipated danger that the Typhoon Yolanda may bring, both public and private schools of all levels started to declare suspension of classes since yesterday until tomorrow.

Most of the Local Government Units (LGUs) of the affected areas announced the suspension of classes, however, the provinces of Biliran and Eastern Samar have not made the official notice yet. The said provinces are still waiting for the notice from the Office of Civil Defense Regional Office.

Recently, the province of Southern Leyte announced the suspension of classes in all levels.

Meanwhile, some of the areas have declared work suspension in government offices. (Mary Sharmaine I. Gabornes, ABCom/LNU)