Typhoon Bopha hits the Philippines at Cat 5 strength; at least 40 killed

By: Dr. Jeff Masters , 5:00 PM GMT on December 04, 2012

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Typhoon Bopha slammed ashore on the Philippine island of Mindanao at 4:45 am local time on Tuesday morning as a Category 5 storm with 160 mph winds. Bopha is the third Category 5 typhoon to affect the Western Pacific this year, and the strongest typhoon ever recorded to hit Mindanao, which rarely sees strong typhoons due to its position close to the Equator. The death toll from the powerful storm already stands at 40, and is expected to rise. While passage over land has weakened Bopha to a Category 2 storm, the tropical cyclone is spreading torrential rains over a large portion of the southern Philippine Islands, and this will cause serious flooding problems today. The island of Mindanao is highly vulnerable to flood disasters from tropical cyclones; last year's Tropical Storm Washi, which hit Mindanao on December 16, 2011 with 60 mph winds and torrential rains, killed over 1500 people. Before hitting the Philippines, Typhoon Bopha brought a storm surge estimated at ten feet to the island nation of Palau, where near-total destruction is being reported in some coastal areas.


Figure 1. Super Typhoon Bopha as seen from the International Space Station on December 2, 2012. At the time, Bopha had top sustained winds of 150 - 155 mph. Image credit: NASA.

Bopha: the 2nd most southerly Category 5 typhoon on record
Bopha, a Cambodian word for flower or a girl, became a tropical depression unusually close to the Equator, at 3.6°N latitude. Tropical cyclones rarely form so close to the Equator, because they cannot leverage the Earth's rotation to get themselves spinning. Bopha became the second most southerly Category 5 typhoon on Monday at 7.4°N latitude. The record is held by Typhoon Louise of 1964, which was a Category 5 storm at 7.3°N.


Video 1. Scenes of wind damage and flooding from Typhoon Bopha's landfall in the Philippines yesterday.

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Where in Wisconsin are you? I went to high school in a burb of Milwaukee.


Wausau.
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I hope this forecast isnt going to start trolling by kicking down the chance for snow until there is none.
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Rhode Island and Coast Guard officials said they didn't find anything after receiving reports about an explosion in Narragansett Bay. People on both sides of the bay in Barrington and Warwick and as far away as Somerset reported hearing what sounded like an explosion at about 11:30 p.m. Monday. Some also reported seeing a light. Area police and firefighters tried to find the source of the noise and light during land and water searches, but officials say nothing was found. Coast Guard crews and local officials also searched Monday night for a boat reported to be in distress, but didn't find anything. TV stations reported receiving reports of an explosion followed by a loud hum. A Coast Guard spokesman says the Conimicut lighthouse near Warwick emits a hum pattern.
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Looks like a good snow potential.


Where in Wisconsin are you? I went to high school in a burb of Milwaukee.
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Looks like a good snow potential.
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DEMAND CLEAN WATER!

Radio show. And chance of it being streamed online?

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Saddendly I say Thanks. I have a heavy heart. I contacted my sister in law and she's going to send 2x50kg bags of rice to the Philippines Red Cross on our behalf.
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I dont care about seeing pictures of dead bodies.

I want to see if there is snow on my way.
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off to do a radio show, laters!

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You're a class act Aussie.

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If anyone is offended by the photo's I have included in the news reports, please tell me and I will remove them.
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NDRRMC: 200,000 affected by ‘Pablo’

MANILA, Philippines – More than 200,000 people have been affected in 22 provinces in the Visayas and Mindanao regions while the death toll rose further to 274 after typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) battered the parts of Mindanao and Visayas.
According to the latest bulletin of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) Wednesday evening, 217,850 people have been affected in the provinces that were directly hit by Pablo.
At least 274 fatalities have been reported, many of whom were still unidentified, while 339 were reported injured, NDRRMC said.
A state of calamity has been declared in the province of Surigao del Sur as many areas were still without electricity, it said.
Damages reached a total of P178,340,500: P172,600,000 from infrastructure, P2,520,500 from agriculture, and P3,220,000 from private properties, the report said.
On the status of ports all over the country, 4,388 passengers, 600 rolling cargoes, 102 vessels, 53 motor bancas were still left stranded, NDRRMC said.
At least 177,277 persons are being served in 372 evacuation centers, the report said.
“Pablo” has been spotted by the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) at 110 kilometers northwest of Roxas, northern Palawan and was moving slowly northwest at 15 kilometers per hour.
Pablo is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday, Pagasa said.
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274 dead, hundreds missing due to 'Pablo'

NEW BATAAN, Philippines (UPDATED) - The death toll from a typhoon that ravaged the Philippines jumped to 274 Wednesday with hundreds more missing, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off by floods and mudslides.

Typhoon Bopha slammed into the southern island of Mindanao Tuesday, toppling trees and blowing away thousands of homes with 210-kilometre (130-mile) per hour gusts before easing and heading towards the South China Sea.



A total of 253 people died in and around the gold-rush mountain towns of New Bataan and Monkayo due to typhoon-spawned landslides and flash floods there, civil defence chief Benito Ramos told reporters.

Twenty-one people were killed in other parts of the southern island of Mindanao and the central islands, he added.

Cabinet members Mar Roxas and Corazon Soliman, who flew to the south to inspect the damage, described scenes of utter devastation with thousands of houses ripped apart and corpses lying on the ground.

"These are whole families, six or seven names with the same surnames. It is saddening to think entire families have been washed away," Interior Secretary Roxas said.

"There is hardly any structure that is undamaged," he said in an interview over ABS-CBN television.

"We need to rush to these areas body bags, medicines, dry clothes and most importantly tents, because survivors are living out in the open," Social Welfare Secretary Soliman told AFP.

Bodies caked in mud were being transported on the back of army trucks and laid out in rows on tarpaulins where relatives searching for missing family members broke down as they identified the shrouded corpses of loved ones.

Shell-shocked survivors scrabbled through the rubble of their homes to find anything that could be recovered among a surrounding wasteland of flattened banana and coconut trees.

Ramos said 279 other people were still missing, while 339 others were treated for injuries.

About 178,000 people remained huddled in evacuation centres, mostly crowded schoolhouses, gyms and other government buildings, officials said.

Meanwhile, rescue personnel still struggled to reach areas cut off by the storm where many more casualties might be found.

President Benigno Aquino said he hoped the country was learning from its frequent natural disasters, including the roughly 20 cyclones that hit each year.

"Any single casualty is a cause for distress. Our aim must always be about finding ways to lessen them," he told reporters in Manila, while pointing out the "big difference" in casualty counts compared with previous storms.

The more than 500 dead or missing in Bopha was still below the 1,200 deaths from tropical storm Washi, which hit in December 2011, leaving hundreds of thousands homeless in Mindanao, he said.

Aquino said the government was investigating why an army patrol base in New Bataan, which was washed away in the flash floods, had been located in a flood-prone area.

Officials were also checking reports that an evacuation centre there was among the structures wiped out in the floods, the president added.

"According to (survivors), there is a small lake on the mountain that gave way so the waters flowed down, not just along the rivers... but all across, like a waterfall, bringing a slurry that covered the whole town," Roxas said.

One shelter there had caved in during the typhoon, forcing the people inside to flee to an even smaller building, he said.

Bopha was the most powerful of the 16 storms to pummel the Philippines this year, though Mindanao is not usually on the front line.

Regional military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Paniza said three soldiers taking part in rescue operations were killed in New Bataan, with eight others from the same unit among the missing.

"It is quite sad and tragic. They were actually there to be ready to help our countrymen who may be in trouble," Roxas said.





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‘Pablo’ death toll reaches at least 267

MANILA, Philippines—At least 267 have been reported dead in Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley provinces, the two areas that were directly hit by typhoon “Pablo” (international name: Bopha), the military said Wednesday.
As of 5:30 p.m., 151 casualties have been recorded in Compostela Valley and 116 in Davao Oriental, Lt. Col. Lyndon Paniza of the Army 10th infantry division said in a radio interview.
There were also at least 151 injured persons and 21 missing persons in Compostela Valley while in Davao Oriental 175 have been injured and 57 were still unaccounted for, Paniza said.
The casualties in Compostela Valley include four soldiers who were undergoing search-and-rescue operations but unfortunately perished when they were swept away by strong currents.
Paniza said the soldiers were helping civilians get to higher grounds when the land they were standing on gave way and the strong water current swept them away. Twenty-three other soldiers were injured while seven were missing.
He said the fallen soldiers will be given a hero’s burial and that their relatives had been informed.
Typhoon Pablo was spotted 110 kilometers northwest of Roxas in northern Palawan and was moving slower northwest at 15 kilometers per hour, according to the 5 p. m. weather bulletin from the Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).
Pablo was still packing maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph, Pagasa said.
Signal No. 3 remains in northern Palawan and the Calamian group of islands. The rest of Palawan is still under signal No. 2 while only Occidental Mindoro remains under signal 1, Pagasa said.
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Thanks for posting news of the storm and links on here. It is better than any other sources I have.
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434. beell
Nice little mid-level spin heading eastbound in the northern Gulf. Should weaken as it approaches FL



DAY 1 CONVECTIVE OUTLOOK
NWS STORM PREDICTION CENTER NORMAN OK
0642 AM CST WED DEC 05 2012

...A DISTINCT SRN-STREAM CYCLONE...WHICH RECENTLY EMERGED OVER THE
NWRN GULF OF MEXICO...WILL TRACK ESEWD AND THEN EWD ACROSS THE
GULF THROUGH EARLY THU MORNING. WITHIN THE SRN/ERN QUADRANTS OF
THIS CYCLONE...THE PRESENCE OF MARGINAL BUOYANCY AMIDST RELATIVELY
COOL TEMPERATURES ALOFT MAY SUPPORT ISOLATED WEAK THUNDERSTORMS
OVER SERN LA...SERN MS...AND SWRN AL. GIVEN THE FORECAST TRACK
OF THE CYCLONE...THE THREAT FOR STORMS WILL GRADUALLY BE SUPPRESSED
TOWARD THE GULF COAST THROUGH THE DAY.
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Hard to day good morning with the devasting news coming out of the the Philippines today.
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Prayers to all the Pacific islanders affected and for everyone helping out.

Big CME comming off the sun just now. Imagine if Voyager could use a sail and travel with the speed of that solar wind. It could get to its current location in a week or two instead of 35 years.(not doing the math on it yet)

I have heard of purple rain, but not purple lightning. That is impressive.

Lows seem to be overpredicted (too warm by around 5 degrees) in my area lately. Are nightime clouds being over predicted?
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Sandy then Bohpa, two unusual and very destructive storms.
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Good morning/evening all. My heart breaks for all the people affected by this typhoon. And it's only going to get worse before it gets better. Those poor people! Somehow wishing everyone on here a wonderful day seems trite compared to how these people's days are. So today, I will just head off to work with a prayer for them.
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‘Pablo’ devastation ‘unexpected,’ Davao Oriental governor wept.



TARRAGONA, Davao Oriental—The sound of the wind coming from the Pacific Ocean at 3 a.m. was so horrible that residents of this coastal town thought the sky was ripping apart.
Curious and terrified, the residents could see only the dark horizon.
The sounds of trees crashing to the ground, houses and objects toppling, the crying of children and women were all muted by the howling wind.
By this time, the electricity went off, worsening the darkness that had already engulfed the town.
The sun showed up several hours later, shedding light on the devastation that was everywhere.
“I’ve lived here all my life and I am now 45, but I have not experienced anything like this before,” Sonny Tadanon, a fisherman and a father of nine, said at the evacuation center in the town proper here. Tadanon recounted how he saw debris flying all over town.
“It was really unexpected,” he said.
His brother’s wife, Nelfa, 41, said that when she returned to the village after the typhoon, all she could see was the ugly sight that typhoon Pablo had left behind. “We were just fortunate that we were spared from harm,” she said.
But others were not as lucky.
Dozens of people died in the province, according to Fred Bendulo, the provincial planning and development officer.
“These reports came from our social welfare personnel, but we could not verify it as the towns of Cateel, Boston and Baganga were totally cut off,” he said, adding that roads were damaged and bridges had collapsed.
The devastation was so extensive that Gov. Corazon Malanyaon wept.
“When I gave her the initial briefing later in the day, she could not believe what she just heard and she began weeping,” Bendulo said.
Malanyaon later told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that even she was so scared when the strong wind hit Mati.
“I felt that it was going to put Mati down. I was also so scared, especially at the thought that many of those in the coastal areas were in a more precarious situation,” she said.
What added to her burden, Malanyaon said, was that some people insisted on staying in their houses even when told to evacuate.
Malanyaon said the devastation that Pablo brought to the province was only one of the major concerns.
She said many people lost their livelihood as a result and people could be pushed deeper into poverty. “I cannot make the assurance that the province can take care all of their problems,” she said.
In New Bataan, one of the hardest-hit areas in Southern Mindanao, disbelief was etched at every face the Inquirer saw.
It was as if they were still trying to piece together the events that led to the massive devastation and deaths around them.
Outside the public gymnasium, villagers waited as news about their missing kin, neighbors and acquaintances came in trickles.
When a military truck ferrying rescued injured villagers, a mixed feeling was all too evident as residents stood up in anticipation of seeing somebody close to their hearts.
Seven-year old Imee Sayson was among those barely breathing when plucked out of the mud by rescuers.
“She was fortunately found by rescuers, but her father, Rommel, and her brother Ayel are still missing,” Red Cross volunteer Vic Paulo Bandong said.
Imee was suffering from hypothermia, Bandong said.
When the Philippine Daily Inquirer tried to ask her questions, her only response was: “Kaihion ko (I’d like to take a leak).”
Among those still looking for relatives on Wednesday was Juniper Serato, who counts at least six family members, including his parents—Flavianas and Isaias—and sister Shiela, as among the missing.
Soon, cadavers came in batches—some still unrecognizable because of the dirt and mud that covered them.
“I had difficulty recognizing the faces because the bodies are bloated,” he said, pointing to several dead bodies that were laid on the ground. Some were starting to stink from being in the water for several hours.
“I am so worried now,” he said, apparently holding back his emotions.
According to Bandong, rescuers lacked vehicles to transport affected individuals to evacuation centers and the bodies to a place where residents can identify them.
As of Wednesday afternoon, the death toll in the town was at 79, based on the tally released by the New Bataan government.
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This is awful. We knew it would be, but looking over the aftermath still impacts the soul. I sit here looking at places like this, and Haiti and I shudder thinking about how powerless the poor are against nature. Everyone gets affected the same, but with the poor, the suffering continues for a long time as they bury their loved ones and try to figure out how to rebuild with no funds. They recover knowing all along that they will still be here when the next one arrives to repeat the cycle. To them, the light at the end of the tunnel is a train heading their way... prayers.
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260 still missing in ComVal flashflood



Local officials in Compostela Valley said the number of missing persons due to flashfloods and landslides caused by typhoon “Pablo” in New Bataan has risen to 260.

Search and rescue operations are ongoing, but authorities are having difficulty because some remote areas are inaccessible.

Authorities earlier reported that at least 66 people have been killed in the province.
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319 missing in New Bataan flashflood

Entire families may have been washed away, says Roxas

MANILA, Philippines - The flashflood that hit the town of New Bataan in Compostela Valley has left 319 people missing, according to Interior and Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas, who visited the province on Wednesday.

Roxas said authorities had the whole day Wednesday to conduct search and rescue operations, but the missing individuals were not located.

"Really saddening that entire families may have been washed away," Roxas told ANC's "Top Story".

The search and rescue operations, conducted by a team of barangay officials, soldiers and police, are moving at a slow pace because I of a Lack of equipment.

"Slow and difficult because 'they are very difficult those muddy conditions, dense clay especially' those uphill, so it's really slow going," said Roxas.

Roxas also said 78 people have been confirmed dead in the flashflood, but 20 remain unidentified.

Flashflood

Roxas said based on the survivors' accounts, the water may have flowed from a lake up in the mountains, creating a "waterfall" effect on the town.

He said in New Bataan Several areas have been tagged as geohazard zones, but the particular barangays hit by the floods were not located near a Waterway.

"They said, there seems to pond or lake up in the mountains and it was a natural indentation to yield. So rather than the water going along the normal route of along the river or along the stream, he was like a waterfall across a broad area, "said Roxas.

He noted, however, that mining engineers in the area will still investigate the incident.

Davao Oriental

Roxas said he also visited Davao Oriental to assess the damage left by typhoon "Paul".

He said he saw about "a hundred thousand coconut trees felled" via chopper on His way from Compostela Valley to Davao Oriental.

"Left and right of the helicopter were felled hectares of coconut and banana trees. Really wiped out, "he said.

Three towns in Davao Oriental, where the typhoon made landfall Tuesday morning, remain isolated.

Roxas said a Bridge Leading to the towns of Cateel, Boston and Baganga collapsed During the height of the typhoon.

He said fishing vessels are being used to distribute relief goods in the affected towns, where there about 150,000 residents.
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Mornin' gang!
Evening Aussie.. hope you get to feeling better Mate!

Thanks Mate! Good Mornin' to you.
Just getting some tucker in my guts which should help
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Good Morning Folks and prayers for those hit by Pablo..
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Bopha


Most populated area

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News are so bad; hard to say "Good morning" ...

238 dead, hundreds missing due to 'Pablo'

by Ted Aljibe, Agence France-Presse
Posted at 12/05/2012 3:50 PM | Updated as of 12/05/2012 4:50 PM

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Referring to earlier discussions regarding use of Oil Pipelines for transportation of water and collection of rain water

I am aware that water was (and still may be) used as a "plug" between different types/grades of Fuel in Fuel Pipelines - albeit the water "plug" and a %age of each delivery of Fuel had to be disposed of - so potentially there is a possibility to do so - whether this would work in Crude Oil Pipelines I am not sure.

As a Caribbean Island dweller, I rely for the most part on rain water for drinking, washing etc and suffer no ills from it. I realise many people (especially those who insist on drinking bottle water wherever they go)will turn their noses up at this very idea and wring their hands in horror - however even if they only collected rain water for irrigation or washing the car, they could start to make a more positive impact.

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417. HadesGodWyvern (Mod)
Philippines Atmospheric Geophysical Astronomical Services and Administration
Tropical Cyclone Bulletin #13
TYPHOON PABLO (BOPHA)
5:00 PM PhST December 5 2012
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Typhoon "PABLO" has maintained its strength as it moves in a west northwest direction

At 4:00 PM PhST, Typhoon Pablo [976 hPa] located at 11.2°N 118.7°E or 110 km northwest of Roxas, northern Palawan has 10 minute sustained winds of 65 knots gusting up to 80 knots. The cyclone is reported as moving west northwest at 7 knots.

Signal Warnings
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Signal Warning #3
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Luzon Region
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1. Northern Palawan
2. Calamian Group of Islands

Signal Warning #2
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Luzon Region
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1. Rest of Palawan

Signal Warning #1
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Luzon Region
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1. Occidental Mindoro

Additional Information
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Public Storm Warning Signals elsewhere are now lowered.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 10-18 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within the 400 km diameter of the typhoon.

Residents living in low lying and mountainous areas under public storm warning signals are alerted against possible flash floods and landslides. Likewise, those living in coastal areas under public storm warning signal #3 and signal #2 are alerted against big waves or storm surges generated by this typhoon.

Fishing boats and other sea vessels are advised not to venture out into the Seaboards of Luzon and western Visayas.

The public and the disaster coordinating councils concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 11 p.m. today.
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Mornin' gang!
Evening Aussie.. hope you get to feeling better Mate!
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Typhoon ‘Pablo’ death toll rise



MANILA, Philippines—The death toll from the powerful Typhoon “Pablo” (international name Bopha) climbed to at least 240, as rescuers battled to reach areas cut off in flash floods and mudslides, officials said Wednesday.
The 16th storm to enter the Philippines this year has so far left 51 people killed in flash floods in New Bataan, Compostela Valley, with more villagers still missing after being swept away by strong currents, the military said.
Three of the 51 fatalities were soldiers.
In Davao Oriental, 81 deaths were reported.
The Provincial Disaster Response and Reduction Management Center in Davao Oriental said the municipality of Baganga, where Pablo made landfall, recorded the biggest number of deaths so far, with 31, followed by the adjacent town of Cateel with 30.
The provincial disaster center report said 95 people were injured in Cateel while 51 were hurt in Baganga.
Caraga recorded six deaths from “Pablo”, while six more fatalities were listed in the provinces of Misamis Oriental and Occidental, Siquijor and Bukidnon.
A total of 21 persons were reported missing in the towns of Caraga, Baganga and Cateel, it added.
The storm caused 24,000 families or 120,000 persons in Eastern Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao region and Caraga to flee their homes. Most of the evacuees were from Surigao del Sur with over 50,000.
The towns of Baganga, Cateel and Boston remained inaccessible by land because the Mandulog Bridge in Caraga collapsed at the height of the storm.
“There’s still no electricity there. The communication lines are still down,” said Col. Leopoldo Galon, chief of the civil relations group of the military’s Eastern Mindanao Command.
Heavy to intense rains dumped by Pablo caused suspension of classes, power outages, and communication interruption in the areas of Central Visayas, Northern Mindanao, Davao region, Caraga and Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao.
Nearly 50 roundtrip domestic flights by Cebu Pacific Air and Zest Air were cancelled Wednesday.
As of latest, Pablo weakened further as it hovered over Northern Palawan.
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Typhoon death toll climbs to over 200



MANILA, Philippines The death toll from typhoon Pablo (international name Bopha) that battered Visayas and Mindanao climbed to more than 200 people Wednesday and officials feared many more bodies could be found as rescuers reached hard-hit areas that had been isolated by landslides, floods and downed communications, the military said.
Lieutenant Colonel Lyndon Paniza of the Army's 10th Infantry Division said fatalities from Compostela Valley have gone up to 142, with 69 of which were from Tuesday's flashflood in New Bataan.
Three of the 69 were Army soldiers.
He added that there were 158 injured from Pablo's wrath. The number of those missing was unclear. Earlier reports said 258 were still unaccounted for but Paniza corrected the reports and said only 79 were missing, 58 from Compostela and 21 from Davao Oriental.
In Davao Oriental, meanwhile, there were 114 reported deaths and 21 still missing, according to the Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council.
Paniza also said heavy rains and strong winds whipped up by Pablo have damaged crops in Davao del Norte.
Davao del Norte was affected and damage to crops, especially the banana plantations was extensive and rice fields are under water, he said.
But as to fatalities we have no report coming from Davao del Norte, he added.
Paniza also said evacuees from Davao del Norte have returned to their homes.
Few structures left standing
Social Welfare Secretary Corazon Soliman and other officials described scenes of utter devastation with houses and other structures in some towns and villages ripped apart by the most powerful storm to hit the country this year.
There are very few structures left standing in the town of Cateel, she told AFP, referring to one badly hit coastal town.
We need to rush to these areas body bags, medicines, dry clothes and most importantly tents, because survivors are living out in the open after the typhoon blew away homes and rooftops.
The situation was just as dire in New Bataan town, which the military said saw flash floods and mudslides.
The bodies are left lying on the ground in the open in New Bataan and we don't want to risk the spread of disease, Soliman said.
The New Bataan dead included a soldier taking part in rescue operations, Interior Secretary Mar Roxas said. Six other army men from the same unit were missing and three were injured.
It is quite sad and tragic. They were actually there to be ready to help our countrymen who may be in trouble, Roxas said.
The military was scrambling helicopters and heavy equipment Wednesday to the mountain town, where rainwater had gushed down from nearby slopes, creating a deadly swirl of water, logs and rocks that crushed everything in its path.
Logs and boulders blocked the narrow mountain pass leading to the town, said Major General Ariel Bernardo, commander of an army division in the area.
Parts of Mindanao remained without power and telephone services, with food and clean water in limited supply.
Cateel and two other towns on Mindanao's east coast remained cut off due to a collapsed bridge and fallen trees and debris blocking roads, said Corazon Malanyaon, governor of Davao Oriental province where Bopha made landfall.
She said rescuers were using everything from heavy equipment to their bare hands and chainsaws to clear the roads.
It's like we're running an obstacle course, Malanyaon said on local radio.
About 95 percent of the town centre's structures including hospitals, private homes, private buildings had their roofs blown away, she said.
Bernardo said about 200 soldiers were dispatched to help them, while emphasizing that the military was also a victim of the storm after an army patrol base and a rescue truck were washed away in New Bataan.
In one of our headquarters, no bunkers were left standing and all our communication equipment has been destroyed, he said.
Bopha struck Mindanao early Tuesday, bringing driving rain and strong winds that forced 87,000 people to seek refuge in emergency shelters, according to an updated civil defense office tally.
It was the 16th storm this year to ravage the Philippines, which is hit with about 20 cyclones annually.
In December last year Mindanao was pummeled by tropical storm Washi, which killed more than 1,200 people and left hundreds of thousands homeless.
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Quoting NoMeteorsInOlogy:
Long time no post for me. I am here in Luzon, the northern Philippine island where Manila sits. Local news reports two platoons of Army personnel missing in Mindinao when their temporary barracks was hit by a flash flood. A landslide last night claimed more than twenty people. Further, 33 drowned and 24 are missing in New Bataan from landfall. The worst will be tonight for several islands. The ground is already saturated and more rain is coming, meaning more landslides and floods. The terrain here is dotted with small, rugged mountains, most less than 2000 feet above the terrain, and primarily volcanic in formation. Heavy deforestation due to farming and illegal cutting have created areas highly susceptible to floods and landslides and mudslides.

In Bananga, the village head declared "%u201CEverything is gone%u2014houses, crops...%u201D and that the typhoon victims urgently needed food.

Donations can be sent to Philippine Red Cross--you can probably specify a place if the Great Recession hasn't made you a needy human being yourself. As for me--my wife and I are taking a hundred kilos of rice by bus Saturday to Batangas--the port in Luzon, and my wife has Coast Guard contacts that will get it to Bananga in Mindinao via two other islands.

The village is in utter ruins and people are still being retrieved. the Television reported a seven year old girl had lost everything and everyone in her family--sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents and two uncles. THAT one motivated me to do something--anything.

Will report as I have time.

Fair clouds to you all.

Fred

Thanks very much for posting. I feel the death toll from Pablo/Bopha is just going to continue to climb as conditions ease and emergency workers and the Army is able to get into effected areas.

Would it be possible for you to pick up 2 bags of rice from our place in Bulacan and to give it to the Coast Guard also. You can WU-mail me if it is possible.

Thoughts and prayers with you and our fellow Filipino's.
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Quoting TomTaylor:
Yes she does, actually.

Hurricanes can happen at anytime but there is certainly a period of heightened activity. Otherwise we wouldn't have a hurricane season in the first place.

Which mean's Mother nature doesn't have a calender.

BTW, I have not been well today hence why I have not posted anything all day.
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Long time no post for me. I am here in Luzon, the northern Philippine island where Manila sits. Local news reports two platoons of Army personnel missing in Mindinao when their temporary barracks was hit by a flash flood. A landslide last night claimed more than twenty people. Further, 33 drowned and 24 are missing in New Bataan from landfall. The worst will be tonight for several islands. The ground is already saturated and more rain is coming, meaning more landslides and floods. The terrain here is dotted with small, rugged mountains, most less than 2000 feet above the terrain, and primarily volcanic in formation. Heavy deforestation due to farming and illegal cutting have created areas highly susceptible to floods and landslides and mudslides.

In Bananga, the village head declared "%u201CEverything is gone%u2014houses, crops...%u201D and that the typhoon victims urgently needed food.

Donations can be sent to Philippine Red Cross--you can probably specify a place if the Great Recession hasn't made you a needy human being yourself. As for me--my wife and I are taking a hundred kilos of rice by bus Saturday to Batangas--the port in Luzon, and my wife has Coast Guard contacts that will get it to Bananga in Mindinao via two other islands.

The village is in utter ruins and people are still being retrieved. the Television reported a seven year old girl had lost everything and everyone in her family--sisters, brothers, parents, grandparents and two uncles. THAT one motivated me to do something--anything.

Will report as I have time.

Fair clouds to you all.

Fred
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I enjoyed the astronomy talk, there's weather in space too, so it's slightly relevant or something like that.

Anyway, I've had enough procrastinating on studying for finals. I'm gonna catch some z's. Goodnight everyone still up!!
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In hindsight, Michael's development into a major hurricane at high latitudes, particularly from a non-tropical disturbance, should have been a dead giveaway that most tropical cyclone activity would be concentrated in the subtropics this year, especially after how much Ernesto failed to strengthen at more tropical latitudes. It's always easy to see things after the fact.
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Good to see astronomy is going strong with some folks on the blog. I have not been banned yet from posting the pics ..:)
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For those unaware, the National Hurricane Center has completed their Tropical Cyclone Report (TCR) for Hurricane Michael. There are no important changes (if at all) to the storm, and it remains a short-lived 100 kt major hurricane:

Link

Although I admit, I like how it has the designation of being only the fifth major hurricane to develop from a non-tropical disturbance in the satellite era (the others being Alicia in 1983, Diana in 1984, and Bob and Claudette in 1991).
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
Sad News:

MORE THAN 200 DEAD IN PHILIPPINE TYPHOON


That's actually a lot less than it could be. Although it could (read: probably will) rise.
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Quoting hydrus:
Andromeda.?


Of course :)
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
Don't forget our neighbor

Andromeda.?
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Quoting VAbeachhurricanes:
Sad News:

MORE THAN 200 DEAD IN PHILIPPINE TYPHOON
Flash floods have killed most people so far. Storm surge with all the rain in low lying areas may have caused many more deaths than reported.
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Don't forget our neighbor

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Sad News:

MORE THAN 200 DEAD IN PHILIPPINE TYPHOON
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