The Philippines is braced for a strengthening typhoon set to lash the South East Asian country later this week.
According to Weather forecasts, Typhoon Haiyan, locally named as Yolanda, is to make landfall over the central Philippines on 8 November and risks causing flood and mudslides.
Currently hovering over the Pacific Ocean, north of New Guinea, the storm is rapidly moving northwest at a speed of 25kph.
Haiyan has with winds of 150kph and gusts at 185kph but is approaching super-typhoon status with winds reaching 240kph and gusts of 295kph.
“It is moving through an area of warm waters and low wind shear which is expected to help the storm strengthen,” according to NASA weather reports.
Philippines authorities have alerted civil defence forces in Manila’s metropolitan area and the provinces of Calabarzon, Mimaropa, Bicol, Western Visayas, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Caraga and Northern Mindanao.
International weather forecasters particularly the US National Oceanic and Athmospheric Administration (NOAA) advised the Philippines for an upcoming Super Typhoon that will hit the country on late Thursday, November 7, 2013, or early Friday, November 8, 2013.
The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said Tuesday morning that the cyclone, with an international codename “Haiyan” may grow progressively more powerful until at least November 7, Thursday.
Haiyan will also produce a severe and inundating storm surge, especially along the eastern coast of southern Luzon and Samar islands.
Residents are urged to take the necessary precautions now ahead of Haiyan’s approach and heed all evacuation orders issued by local officials.
The worst of the storm will bypass the capital city of Manila, but damaging winds of 80 to 120 kph (50 to 75 mph) and rainfall of 100 to 200 mm (4 to 8 inches) are still expected.