Super Typhoon “Yolanda” May Hit Philippines on Thursday November 7

The US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) advised the Philippines for an upcoming Super Typhoon that will hit the country on Thursday, November 7, 2013.

The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Tuesday morning that the cyclone, with an international codename “Haiyan” may grow progressively more powerful until at least November 7, Thursday.

The international news media organization CNN made a forecast that Haiyan could be at “super typhoon strength” by the time it will make a landfall in Central Philippines. The news network also mentioned the Bicol Region will be hit by the super typhoon.

Based upon the International weather forecasters US National Oceanic Administration (NOAA) a super typhoon has a maximum sustained 1-minute surface winds of at least 65 m/s (130 knots, 150 mph), or a maximum sustained winds of 234 kph or more. In the Philippines PAGASA defines a super typhoon as one having a maxium sustained winds of 200 kph.

According to the estimates posted by the JTWC, Haiyan may pack winds of 75 knots (138.9 kph) by Tuesday, and 95 knots (175.94 kph) by Wednesday (Manila Time). Haiyan’s winds were projected to continue intensifying, with winds reaching as high as 130 knots (240.76 kph) by 6 PM of November 7, or November 8, 2013 (Manila Time).

PAGASA’s weatherman Nathaniel Cruz also explained that the typhoon forecast must be continually updated to take account of changing conditions, so the areas in the path of cyclone will be properly advised with the right information.

Forecaster Fernando Cada of PAGASA reported on early Tuesday that Haiyan is moving westward at 20 kph and may make landfall over Eastern Visayas or the Bicol Region. Upon entering the Philippine Area of Responsibility, Haiyan will be codenamed as “Yolanda.”

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