Typhoon Pablo - Things You Should Know

Things You Should Know About Typhoon Pablo -- Monday got the Philippines, specifically Mindanao and Visayas regions, greeted by volumes of news regarding tropical storm Pablo. The sweeps of the winds are also being felt in the nearby islands as well. Metro Manila in the capital region is not exempted from this phenomenon. So you know what to expect, if you are in the Metro at the moment.
According to an article from Interaksyon.com:

Pablo is not Supertyphoon
- Typhoon Pablo is actually not a supertyphoon contrary to what some people or media say. Official weather bureau of the Philippines, Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) does not recognize Pablo as such yet, as per its wind strength. Here's the 3 storm categories recognized by PAGASA:
  • Tropical Depression – for a weather disturbance with maximum sustained winds between 55-63 kph
  • Tropical Storm – stronger than a tropical depression with maximum sustained winds between 64-117 kph
  • Typhoon – cyclones with maximum sustained winds over 118 kph
The term "Supertyphoon" is but a media-hyped term and is also being used in the US.

Pablo's Landfall
- Typhoon Pablo's landfall will be over Surigao (Unidad-Tinago area in Hinatuan). That's according to a bulletin released by Pagasa and the JTWC. The said landfall will happen tomorrow, Tuesday.

Pablo vs Sendong
- Typhoon Pablo and Sendong are similar to some aspects, including its month of entry to the country. By comparison:
  • Pablo is stronger than Sendong
  • Pablo's entry will be Surigao del Sur, towards Palawan
  • Just like Sendong, Pablo will also cross over Agusan and Cagayan de Oro
Thanks to Interaksyon for these pieces of information. By now, we should all be warning our friends and relatives in the expected areas where typhoon Pablo will be crossing. Let's all be aware of the emergency contacts and numbers for faster coordination regarding any untoward events during the presence of the weather disturbance.

Here's a set of contact numbers for the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) - (02) 911-1406/912-2665/9125668

Meanwhile, watch out for the possible announcement of class suspensions for December 4 (Tuesday), the day Typhoon Pablo is expected to land into the country.

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