Archive | November, 2012

STS (Typhoon) Bopha Afternoon Video Update | November 30, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Severe Tropical Storm Bopha.

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The system continues to intensify and has actually been upgraded by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center to a Typhoon; the Japan Meteorological Agency is keeping it as a Severe Tropical Storm.

Typhoon Watches have now been issued by the National Weather Service (Guam) for Palau, Yap, and several atolls surrounding them. (For the complete warnings by NWS, please click HERE) Furthermore, Palau’s Emergency Management Office has issued a statement urging residents to closely follow radio and TV for any news and instructions in relation to the impending storm.

Bopha is forecast to directly impact Palau between Sunday afternoon and Monday morning bringing typhoon-force winds of up to 185kph based on the latest forecasts. Rains of up to 100mm are also possible along with the threat of high waves along the coast. Please prepare now if you live in Palau!

By next week, Bopha is forecast to take aim towards Eastern Philippines, particularly in Visayas. Favorable conditions will allow the system to possibly attain Category 3 status before impacting Philippines. While it is still 5 days away, and we can’t really pinpoint the exact landfall location yet, we urge everyone in the country to continue closely monitoring the progress of this system. The timing for the impact is between Tuesday and Wednesday.

**Robert Speta will have a live update here on YouTube tomorrow (Saturday) at 11am Philippine Time. You can go to his channel through the link below:
http://www.youtube.com/user/WestPacWx

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT

TS Bopha Afternoon Video Update | November 29, 2012

Hree is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Bopha which continues to intensify as it moves westward across the Pacific Ocean. The system has actually lost latitude today which does not bode very well for Palau and the Philippines!

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Computer models are starting to converge on a consensus regarding Bopha’s track. Unfortunately, the current track looks pretty grim for Palau and the Philippines. Our latest forecast is now taking Bopha into the island of Palau by Sunday as a Category 2 Typhoon. Winds of up to 160kph and heavy rains are possible, please prepare now! Yap Island will be farther north and won’t see typhoon conditions, although tropical storm winds of up to 65kph are still possible.

By next week, Bopha is forecast to turn more to the west northwest and could intensify into a Category 3 by Monday. There are still a lot of uncertainties but it does look increasingly likely that the Philippines may be impacted, in one way or another, by this system beginning Tuesday. Right now, anywhere from Mindanao all the way into Eastern Visayas should closely monitor the developments of Bopha. It is expected to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Sunday so we expect PAGASA to begin issuing advisories by that time.

We’ll have another update tomorrow. For those in Palau, again, please prepare now! For the latest warnings and forecasts for Micronesia, please head to the National Weather Service (Guam) by clicking HERE

-WxCaster PAT

TS Bopha Afternoon Video Update November 28, 2012

Here is our latest Video Update on Tropical Storm Bopha which has started to accelerate as it moves westward across the Western Pacific near the Caroline Islands.

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The storm has intensified overnight and has also accelerated as it moves westward. Rain showers were reported in Pohnpei last night and could spread into Chuuk later tonight and into tomorrow as the system passes just south of the atolls. Tropical Storm Bopha is forecast to continue moving generally westward, intensifying along the way. Several islands and atolls in Micronesia are now under Tropical Storm Warnings and even Typhoon Watches for Yap issued by the National Weather Service (Guam). For the complete list as well as the official forecasts, please click HERE

As it moves across the favorable regions of the West Pacific, Bopha is forecast to become a Typhoon as early as Friday. It is, then, forecast to move near the islands of Palau and Yap by Saturday and Sunday likely bringing strong winds and heavy rains in the region. As for the Philippines, uncertainties remain whether the system will indeed make landfall there. However, we urge everyone in the forecast track to continue closely monitoring the developments of this cyclone.

Stay safe!

-WxCaster PAT