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Public Storm Warning Signal 4 up over Masbate, parts of Visayas

The weather bureau raised Public Storm Warning Signal 4 over Masbate and parts of Visayas on Thursday night as Typhoon Yolanda moved closer to Eastern Samar.
According to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration's 11:00 p.m. bulletin, areas under Public Storm Warning Signal 4 are:
  • Masbate
  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar, Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Biliran Province
  • Extreme Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island
  • Capiz, Aklan
  • Northern Antique
  • Northern Iloilo
Winds of more than 185 kilometers per hour are expected in at least 12 hours. The strong winds are expected to uproot many large trees and coconut, rice, and corn plantations may suffer severe losses, PAGASA said.
"In the overall, damage to affected communities can be very heavy," the weather bureau said, adding travel and outdoor activities should be cancelled.  
Under Public Storm Warning Signal 3:
  • Ticao Island
  • Sorsogon
  • Romblon
  • Calamian Group of Islands
  • Rest of Antique
  • Rest of Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Northern Negros Occidental
  • Northern Negros Oriental
  • Bohol
  • Northern Cebu including Cebu City and Camotes 
  • Siargao Island
  • Dinagat Province
Winds of 101-185kph are expected within at least 18 hours and they will be strong enough to uproot "some trees," PAGASA said.

Residents of these areas can expect heavy damage to agriculture and considerable damage to structures of light to medium construction.
Under Public Storm Signal Warning 2:
  • Mindoro provinces
  • Marinduque
  • Albay
  • Extreme Northern Palawan and Burias Islands
  • Rest of Negros Occidental
  • Rest of Negros Oriental
  • Siquijor
  • Rest of Cebu
  • Camiguin
  • Surigao Del Norte
  • Surigao Del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
Winds of 61-100kph are expected within 24 hours. Those winds will be strong enough to cause moderate damage to agriculture and blow away old galvanized iron roofing.
Under Public Storm Warning Signal 1:
  • Metro Manila
  • Bataan
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Catanduanes
  • Southern Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Rizal
  • Cavite,
  • Batangas
  • Lubang Island and rest of Northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa

  • Misamis Oriental
  • Agusan del Sur
According to the latest PAGASA data, Yolanda was 290km east southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar.

After hitting Guiuan, the typhoon is expected to traverse Biliran, the northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the southern part of Mindoro, then Busuanga in Palawan before exiting the Philippine landmass early Saturday morning.
Heavy to intense rainfall (10-30 millimeters per hour) can be expected within the 600-km diameter of the typhoon, PAGASA said.

Sea travel will be risky along the Northern Luzon seaboard and the eastern seaboard of Central Luzon until the storm leaves.
PAGASA also alerted those living in coastal areas under Storm Signals 4,3,and 2 against waves that can reach up to 7 meters high. — JDS, GMA News
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