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Storm 'Haiyan' to enter Philippines on Thursday - Pagasa
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MANILA, Philippines -- Another tropical storm is expect to enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Thursday morning, the state weather bureau said Tuesday.

Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) forecaster Jori Loiz said the tropical storm with international name "Haiyan" would be locally named “Yolanda” once it enters PAR. It will be the 24th storm to enter the country this year.

Loiz said Haiyan was estimated at 2,026 kilometers (km) east of Mindanao with maximum sustained winds of 115 kilometers per hour and gustiness of up to 146 kph. It is forecast to move west at 25 kph.

Once the tropical storm maintains its direction and speed, it is expected to make landfall in Eastern Visayas, according to Loiz. 

Pagasa expects two to three cyclones to affect the country this month.

Meanwhile, Loiz said the low pressure area (LPA) spotted off Palawan is expected to exit PAR by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

He said as of 4 p.m., the LPA was spotted some 250 km west northwest of Puerto Princesa City (10.8°N 116.4°E) almost the boundary of PAR.

He added that once it exits, it is expected to re-intensify since its in the sea.

He noted that if it again strengthens into a tropical depression once inside the country, it will retain its local name "Wilma."

“Wilma” is the first cyclone to affect the country this month and the 23rd for the year.

Loiz said the LPA move towards Vietnam by Tuesday evening or Wednesday morning.

In the next 24 hours, Metro Manila, Central Luzon, Calabarzon and the provinces of Palawan and Mindoro will have cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers due to wind convergence, Loiz said. 

He said northeast monsoon would bring cloudy skies with light rains over Ilocos Region, Cordillera Administrative Region and Cagayan Valley while the rest of country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms. 

In Negros Oriental, Governor Roel Degamo has reiterated his appeal to local government units (LGU) in the province to take pro-active measures days ahead of the projected arrival of Haiyan. 

Adrian Sedillo, executive officer of the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (PDRRMC) said the governor’s directive for the pre-positioning of supplies and logistics as well as rescue groups remain in place even after Yolanda’s predecessor, tropical depression Wilma, had changed course on Monday evening.

The PDRRMC had convened for an emergency meeting Monday afternoon in anticipation of Wilma’s arrival; however, the storm had shifted its course and was downgraded to a low pressure area. 

According to Sedillo, LGUs are requested to undertake pre-emptive evacuation of residents living in flood-prone and coastal areas and along the river banks and near other bodies of water.

The governor highlighted the role of the different LGUs and their DRRM councils in disaster mitigation, Sedillo said.

The governor is also asking the public to pay attention to media advisories on weather updates as other parts of the country in the path of “Yolanda” are already preparing for its arrival, Sedillo said.