Regions expected to feel the wrath of a brewing super typhoon have been asked to prepare by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC).
Placed on red alert were Metro Manila and the regions of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao, said NDRRMC spokesperson Major Rey Balido.
Under this status, disaster units are advised to take pre-emptive evacuation of residents and for local government units to prepare shelters and preposition relief goods.
Super Typhoon Yolanda
Regions placed on red alert by NDRRMC due to super typhoon Yolanda
The storm, with international name “Haiyan,” is set to be called “Yolanda” once it enters the Philippine area of responsibility on Thursday. State weather forecasters said it will cut through Visayas on Friday before exiting through Mindoro on Sunday.
Haiyan could carry winds of up to 241 kilometers per hour by Friday night before weakening a bit to 213 kph by Saturdayor after crossing the country. Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) classifies a super typhoon if center winds reach 241 kph or above.
“Rain and increasing wind will reach the central Philippines Friday afternoon and conditions will deteriorate from east to west Friday night into early Saturday as the powerful typhoon crosses the islands,” said meteorologist Eric Leister of accuweather.com.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said it will likely raise public storm signal number 4 in areas to be visited by Haiyan, a Chinese term for petrel or a kind of seabird.