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Yolanda has maximum sustained winds of 225 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 260 kph as it moves closer to the Visayas, from 170 kilometers southeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, PAGASA said early Friday morning, as it raised Storm Signal No. 4 over 20 areas.
PAGASA also said Yolanda brings heavy to intense rainfall of 10 to 30 millimeters with in its 600 kilometer diameter.
At least 14,389 people were evacuated from their homes in parts of Visayas and Mindanao due to the threat from Typhoon Yolanda.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council's 6 p.m. update indicated 910 families or 3,823 people were brought to 14 evacuation centers.
It said the affected families were from Tacloban City and Tolosa in Leyte; Catbalogan, Eastern Samar; Gigaquit, Surigao del Norte; and Gingoog City, Misamis Oriental.
Of these, 738 families or 3,015 people were from Tacloban City in Leyte.
In Central Visayas, state-run Philippine Information Agency said that as of 8 p.m., another 1,935 families or 10,566 people were evacuated.
Signal #4 - ( >185 kph winds may be expected in at least 12 hours)
- Ticao Island
- Southern Sorsogon
- Northern Samar
- Eastern Samar
- Southern Leyte
- Northern Cebu
- Cebu City
- Camotes Islands
- Northern Negros Occidental
Signal #3 - (Winds of >100 to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours)
- Rest of Sorsogon
- Burias Island
- Occidental Mindoro
- Oriental Mindoro
- Calamian Group of Islands
- Rest of Negros Occidental
- Negros Oriental
- Rest of Cebu
- Surigao del Norte
- Siargao Island
- Dinagat Province
Signal #2 - (winds of >60 to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours)
- Camarines Sur
- Southern Quezon
- Metro Manila
- Lubang Islands
- Northern Palawan
- Surigao Del Sur
- Agusan Del Norte
Signal #1 - (30-60 kph winds may be expected in at least 36 hours)
- Camarines Norte
- Rest of Quezon
- Polilio Island
- Rest of Northern Palawan
- Puerto Princesa
- Misamis Oriental
- Agusan del Sur
In Bohol province, aftershocks from last month's magnitude-7.2 quake and the threat from Typhoon Yolanda are hounding residents of a town hit hard by October's deadly tremor.
Residents in Loon town are still feeling aftershocks and are worried about the "combination" of the typhoon and tremors, state-run Philippine Information Agency reported Thursday afternoon.
"(In Loon, Bohol), aftershocks still felt here, (and) people (are) worried (about the) possibility of combination of typhoon and shocks happen," it said.
Loon folk are still recovering from the effects of last month's magnitude-7.2 quake.
Use flashlights instead of candles, and shut down circuit breakers in case of flooding.
These were the reminders issued by Manila Electric Co. and the Bureau of Fire Protection to residents who may be affected by Yolanda.
The Bureau of Fire Protection in Siquijor urged residents to avoid using candles in case of power failures and to use flashlights instead.
"BFP reminds residents to avoid use of candles, instead use flashlights," state-run Philippine Information Agency reported.
Siquijor, one of the areas projected to be in the path of Yolanda, is still recovering from a magnitude-7.2 quake that hit Central Visayas last Oct. 15.
For its part, Meralco advised residents to shut off the main circuit breaker if their houses are flooded.
"Bago pasukin ng baha ang bahay, makabubuting patayin ang main circuit breaker para iwas aksidente (Before entering a flooded house, it is better to shut off the main circuit breaker to avoid accidents)," it said. — ELR, GMA News