Super typhoon “Yolanda” has made landfall over the Visayas where 21 areas have been placed under public storm warning signal no. 4, state weather bureau PAGASA said early Friday morning.
In its 5 a.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Yolanda made landfall over Guiuan, Eastern Samar around 4:40 a.m. and was last observed at 62 kilometers southeast of the said area.
Yolanda is packed with maximum sustained winds of 235 kilometers per hour near the center and gusts of up to 275 kph.
The super typhoon is now battering Visayas as storm warning signals have been hoisted over the following areas:
Signal No. 4
Northern Negros Occidental
Signal No. 3
Rest of Sorsogon
Calamian Group of Islands
Rest of Negros Occidental
Rest of Cebu
Surigao del Norte
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Signal No. 2
Surigao Del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Signal No. 1
Rest of Quezon
Agusan del Sur
PAGASA said Yolanda is now expected to traverse the provinces of Biliran, the Northern tip of Cebu, Iloilo, Capiz, Aklan, Romblon, Semirara Island, the Southern part of Mindoro then Busuanga.
Forecast to move west northwest at 39 kph, Yolanda will exit the Philippine landmass on Saturday early morning towards the West Philippine Sea.
Heavy to intense rainfall amount (10 to 30 millimeters per hour) is expected within the 400-kilometer diameter of the typhoon.
PAGASA said heavy to intense rains are affecting Surigao Del Norte, Surigao Del Sur, Agusan Del Norte, Agusan Del Sur, Misamis Oriental, Camiguin, Bukidnon, Compostela Valley, Davao Oriental, Lanao Del Norte, LanaoDelSur, Misamis Occidental and Zamboanga Peninsula, which may continue for the next to to three hours.