Monday, 3 December 2012

The End is Near, in Siargao?

It's actually 18 days till the predicted doomsday on December 21, 2012 but down south in the eastern coast of Mindanao, it may well be sooner. My friend posted the  typhoon warning on Facebook last Saturday. She said "It seems that the end of the world is coming sooner to Siargao than the rest of the planet." Well, with the 44-ft wave forecast at 3pm tomorrow (encircled in red below), I guess a tsunami is expected to hit the island. Most of them (including her great dane 'Napo') have already  been herded to higher ground.

typhoon warning  of Gai on Facebook
As of this writing, super typhoon Pablo (international code name Bopha) is supposed to be in the Philippines' Area of Responsibility (PAR) already. The typhoon is carrying winds of up to 250 kph and is expected to make landfall over the Surigao area (direct hit) tomorrow. This is the 16th storm to enter the Philippines and is much stronger than last year's December typhoon Sendong which packed winds up to 75kph. 

Pablo's path (Source: Australia Network News)
Windguru forecast

Windguru concurs that waves may reach more than 40-feet tomorrow in Siargao;  however, it will be much earlier  from 6am to 12noon. The rainfall is heavy from 8.7 to 15.7 mm per hour.

Thank God Manila is spared! Public storm warning signal #2 has been hoisted over the following areas: Surigao del Norte, Surigao Island, Dinagat Island, Augsan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental, Davao del Norter, Compostela Valley, Bukidnon, Misamis Occidental and Oriental, Camiguin, Lanao del Norte and Sur, Siquijor, Bohol, Biliran, Camotes Island, Souhern Leyte, Leyte, Eastern and Western Samar.

Let's do pray that the typhoon slows down and will not wreak havoc in the Visayas and Mindanao areas.