6th Dec. last Update.. unfortunately we were right. Cateel was devastated with at least 28 dead, hopefully the report/warning below, which came out 1 day before and was read by over 3000 people on the net, helped some people escape to safety.
”Davao Oriental Governor Corazon Malanyaon said initial reports indicated that in one town, Cateel, 95% of the buildings had been damaged. Twenty-three people had drowned or were buried under fallen trees or buildings there, she said…..” the massacre toll has risen to at least 500 with more than 400 others reported missing and about quarter of a million people made homeless.At least three cities on Mindanao’s east coast remain cut off after bridges collapsed and roads were swept away by floodwater.The sheer numbers of refugees have overwhelmed the Philippine disaster agencies prompting government to call for international aid to help cope with the mega disaster.The death toll is expected to continue rising.
lastr22.48 GMT 3rd Dec. Bopha/Pablo now a highest possibl¡e Class 5 with winds to 287kph (Wundergound Weather)
TYPHOON BOPHA (PABLO) UPDATE NUMBER 021
Issued: 7:00 AM PhT (23:00 GMT) Monday 03 Dec 2012
Next Update: 1:00 PM PhT (05:00 GMT) Monday 03 Dec 2012
Important Note: Typhoon Bopha (Pablo) is almost three times the strength of Tropical Storm Washi (Sendong) which crossed North-Central Mindanao on December 16, 2011. Please take all precautionary measures on this dangerous cyclone. Refer to your national disaster agencies for more details.
Residents and visitors along Mindanao and Visayas should closely monitor the development of Bopha (Pablo).
update: latest forecast gusts up to 278kph (150kt) . 3 Dec. That’s inside highest possible category 5. Such a typhoon has never in history struck the Phillipines
update Super Typhoon Pablo : 11 am Here are the areas under a storm signal in the December 3
Sandy wasn’t the last..Support the poor people of southern Phillipines as a monster storm bears down on them.
So far this year several super typhoons have formed
but stayed away from land. Bopha is
different. Due partly to climate change the sea is still very hot, allowing the storm to become gigantic………
Super-Typhoon BOPHA is heading straight for the Philippine Islands as a category 4C
storm with sustained winds of about 238kmh and
gusts of up to 275kmh [FEWW estimate is based on several models] at about 02:00UCT on December4, 2012.
BOPHA could kill many innocent people and cause total damage to property and infrastructure in the coastal areas, with potential for flooding and landslides further inland.
Storm surges of up to 10m could swamp the shoreline areas.
MANILA, Philippines— The weather disturbance approaching the Philippines is now a supertyphoon, much stronger than last year’s Tropical Storm Sendong which ravaged the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan, and is eerily moving in the same direction, Pagasa Administrator Nathaniel Servando said Saturday.
In terms of rainfall and wind strength, Typhoon Bopha has the potential for a bigger impact than Sendong, he said in a telephone interview. “This storm can be very destructive.”
“Unless it changes direction, this storm appears headed for the same areas in Northern Mindanao
that Sendong hit,” he added.
- Philippine Climate Negotiator: ‘Super Typhoon’ Bopha Shows Climate Change Is Real (commondreams.org)
- News Analysis: Killer typhoons in Philippines blamed on climate change (nzweek.com)
- There is no Planet B (rappler.com)
LGUs prepare for strong Typhoon ‘Pablo’ (Bopha)(rappler.com)