Locally named Bagyong Yolanda, Typhoon Haiyan due to hit capital of Manila as Philippines braces for fourth superstorm of year

Bagyong Yolanda track

Bagyong Yolanda track

Strengthening Typhoon Haiyan remains a serious threat to lives and property across the Philippines. Haiyan will likely approach super typhoon status as it barrels toward the Philippines this week. Haiyan’s strength will be equal to that of a Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic when it crosses the Philippines Friday through Friday night. The Philippines is braced for a strengthening typhoon set to lash the South East Asian country later this week. According to Weather forecasts, Typhoon Haiyan, locally named as Yolanda, is to make landfall over the central Philippines on 8 November and risks causing flood and mudslides. Currently hovering over the Pacific Ocean, north of New Guinea, the storm is rapidly moving northwest at a speed of 25kph. Haiyan has with winds of 150kph and gusts at 185kph but is approaching super-typhoon status with winds reaching 240kph and gusts of 295kph. “It is moving through an area of warm waters and low wind shear which is expected to help the storm strengthen,” according to NASA weather reports. Philippines authorities have alerted civil defence forces in Manila’s metropolitan area and the provinces of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao.
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