Jeremiah 25:32 CEB
The LORD of heavenly forces proclaims: Look! Disaster travels from nation to nation. A terrible storm comes from the far ends of the earth.

Job 1:19
and behold, a great wind came from across the wilderness and struck the four corners of the house, and it fell on the young people and they died, and I alone have escaped to tell you."

PAGASA expects the storm to enter the PAR on Thursday, at which point it will be given the local name Yolanda.

The super typhoon is likely to make landfall in Eastern Visayas, particularly Samar and Leyte, by Friday afternoon, based on data from PAGASA and the US-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center.

If Yolanda reaches wind speeds of 185 kph, PAGASA will raise the highest possible public storm warning, Storm Signal No. 4.

As of 5 p.m. Wednesday, Typhoon Yolanda was packing maximum sustained winds of 175 kph and gustiness of up to 210 kph, PAGASA said.

“The whole country will experience partly cloudy to cloudy skies with light rains over the regions of Cagayan valley, Cordillera, Ilocos and central Luzon while Metro Manila and the rest of the country will have isolated rain showers or thunderstorms mostly over the eastern section,” the state weather bureau said in its 5 p.m. update.

Projected path

The cyclone's projected path includes Masbate and Romblon before exiting through Mindoro on Saturday.

Based on the cone of uncertainty drawn up by Weather Central, if Yolanda continues on its path, affected areas may include:

Metro Manila
Central Luzon
Dinagat and Camiguin Islands in Mindanao
Agusan del Norte
Surigao del Sur

Yolanda is forecast to move West-Northwest at 30 kph. Its strength is anticipated to increase as it approaches the country, and its wind speeds may increase to as much as 185 kph.

Highest possible storm warning

New International Version
He would crush me with a storm and multiply my wounds for no reason.(Job 9:17)

Psalms 107:25
For He spoke and raised up a stormy wind, Which lifted up the waves of the sea.

GMA News resident meteorologist Nathaniel Cruz reported on GMA News TV's Balitanghali that super typhoon Haiyan was spotted 1,411 km East of Mindanao as of Wednesday morning.

“Lubhang mapaminsala ang dala nitong hangin at ulan na maaaring magpabuwal sa maraming puno at sumira sa maraming bahay at gusali. Malaking pinsala rin ang pwedeng idulot nito sa supply ng kuryente at komunikasyon,” said Cruz.

According to Cruz, Tropical Cyclone Odette (Usagi) was the last super typhoon to hit the country and which prompted the rarely-used Storm Signal No. 4 to be raised. Odette passed through Batanes just last September, prompting the evacuation of northern coastal villages and the cancellation of Manila-Hong Kong flights of three major airlines.

Gov't agencies on alert

Lo, then would I wander far off, and remain in the wilderness. Selah.I would hasten my escape from the windy storm and tempest.Destroy, O Lord, and divide their tongues: for I have seen violence and strife in the city.(Psalms 55:7-9)

Malaca├▒ang on Wednesday said all concerned government agencies are on "heightened alert" in preparation for the effects of Typhoon Yolanda.

Rescue boats and emergency relief and medical supplies have also been pre-positioned in strategic areas, Presidential Communications Operations Office head Herminio "Sonny" Coloma Jr. said during a press briefing.

In a separate press conference, Social Welfare Secretary Dinky Soliman revealed that P195 million worth of goods are already located in all DSWD field offices. “We have 83,203 pre-positioned booths in different parts of the country. Mayroon na ring pre-positioned food packs sa level ng probinsiya,” she said.

The Philippine National Police on Wednesday also activated the National Headquarters Disaster Incident Management Task Group, which coordinates all disaster response operation among PNP units in affected areas.

LGUs preparing for Yolanda

Acts 27:18
The next day as we were being violently storm-tossed, they began to jettison the cargo;

Jonah 1:4
The LORD hurled a great wind on the sea and there was a great storm on the sea so that the ship was about to break up.

CEBU – (UPDATE 1:45 a.m.) At least 17 people died while nearly 600 others were rescued after a ferry collided with a cargo ship in the Philippines on Friday, authorities said.

The MV Thomas Aquinas ferry, which was believed to be carrying about 700 passengers, sank quickly after colliding with the freighter MV Sulpicio Express 7 near the port of Cebu, the country's second biggest city, coastguard spokesman Commander Armando Balilo said.

On Tuesday, disaster management officials in Bicol told GMA News Online that they are already preparing for the super typhoon. Preemptive evacuations, especially for residents in low-lying areas, have been encouraged as early as Wednesday.

National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council spokesman Major Rey Balido told Balitanghali that they have endorsed preemptive evacuations. He added that residents who refuse to leave areas classified as a danger zone should be forced to evacuate.

Officials in the central Cebu, Bohol, and Albay areas have closed schools, prepared emergency shelters and food and put emergency workers on alert.

"We're aiming for zero casualties so we sent advisories to local disaster agencies to start evacuating people from coastal and low-lying areas as well as those in landslide-prone areas," said Flor Gaviola, a regional disaster official.

Thousands of people on Bohol island are still in shelters after their homes were destroyed in an Oct. 15 earthquake that killed more than 200 people.

No effects yet

Cruz said that the storm has no major effects on the country's weather as of Wednesday, but added that light rains may be expected across Northern and Central Luzon due to amihan or northeasterly winds.


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