Here is our latest update on Typhoon Bopha (Bagyong Pablo) as it nears the western coast of Luzon.
The proximity of Bopha and the impending threat has led PAGASA to issue Public Storm Warning Signals to numerous provinces.
As of 5pm this afternoon, PAGASA has issued the following Public Storm Warning Signals to these provinces:
Signal#2: Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, and La Union
Signal #1: Cagayan, Calayan Group of Islands, Babuyan Group of Islands, Batanes Group of Islands, Abra, Kalinga, Apayao, Mt. Province, Benguet, Pangasinan, and Zambales
Doppler from PAGASA
Latest Doppler Radar Image from Baguio City showing the bands of rains associated with Bopha are beginning to move in from the west. Some of those may impact Ilocos Provinces beginning tonight. Intensity and the coverage of those rains will increase as we head into tomorrow and into Monday. Flooding and some landslides are possible.
As for the forecast, there are still some uncertainties regarding Bopha’s track. In fact, the said agency is forecasting Bopha to make landfall in Ilocos Norte by tomorrow. The other agencies such as JMA and JTWC, on the other hand, are forecasting a loop away from Luzon. However, either scenario will lead to light to moderate rains impacting the western coast beginning tonight.
We urge everyone under the signal warnings to be on high alert as the system moves closer. Again, there is still huge uncertainties whether this system will actually make landfall. However, rains are looking a high possibility so if you are living in low-lying areas, mountainous areas, and near bodies of water, we suggest to coordinate with your local officials and continue to monitor the radio or tv for the latest warnings and developments. Stay safe!