Super typhoon may hit Philippines in 48 hours

Posted Nov 5, 2013 by Leo Reyes
A strong typhoon with an estimated wind speed of over 240 kilometers per hour is forecast to hit the Philippines in 48 hours according to Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA)
Path of Typhoon Haiyan (Phl: Yolanda)
Path of Typhoon Haiyan (Phl: Yolanda)
Joint Typhoon Warning Center
The super typhoon (previously Tropical Storm Haiyan) is expected to make landfall on Friday and forecasters believe it will be the strongest to hit the Philippines in 2013. It will be known locally as Typhoon "Yolanda" when it enters the Philippines.
The Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC), an agency of the US Department of Defense based in Hawaii, had already categorized Haiyan a typhoon as it moves closer to the Philippines.
An average of 20 typhoons enter the Philippines in a year and the state weather bureau says at least three more storms or typhoons may hit the country before the year ends.
Rene Paciente of PAGASA said there is a possibility that storm signal No.4 may be raised in areas within the path of the typhoon.
“It has chances of intensifying before it enters the country because it is still over the ocean,” he said.
“It will cut through Visayas and exit through Mindoro. If it maintains its westward track, it has a low chance of hitting Metro Manila. But it may also go west-northwest,” he added.
"It will then weaken as it tracks across the Philippine islands but should emerge over the South China Sea at near 115-knot intensity (212.98 kph).”
Authorities have started mobilizing national and local disaster coordinating units to prepare for onslaught of the powerful typhoon.