Possible super typhoon may hit Philippine on Thursday
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the United States Navy said in a forecast Tuesday morning that the next cyclone approaching the Philippines could have peak near-center winds of 130 knots and gusts of 160 knots when it hits the country late Thursday or early Friday.
“Super-typhoon” is a term utilized by the U.S. Joint Typhoon Warning Center for typhoons that reach maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (130 kt, 150 mph). This is the equivalent of a strong Saffir-Simpson category 4 or category 5 hurricane in the Atlantic basin or a category 5 severe tropical cyclone in the Australian basin.
Weather forecasters have advised residents of the Bicol and Eastern Visayas regions to prepare for a cyclone approaching from the east that may have the makings of a super typhoon.
The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) defines a “super typhoon” as having maximum sustained winds of 234 kph or more.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Tuesday morning that the cyclone, internationally codenamed Haiyan, may grow progressively more powerful until at least Nov. 7, Thursday.
On Tuesday morning CNN made a forecast that Haiyan could be at super typhoon strength by the time it strikes the central Philippines. The CNN forecast said the super typhoon could hit the Bicol region.
It may then affect the Samar provinces and possibly Bicol, Cada added.
Cada said the cyclone may also affect Mimaropa (Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Marinduque, Romblon and Palawan) Thursday or Friday.