Typhoon “Yolanda” slightly accelerated and made its fifth landfall in Concepcion, Iloilo on Friday noon, the state weather bureau said.
In a press briefing in PAGASA, Weather Forecaster Aldczar Aurelio said the first landfall was around 4:40 a.m. over Guiuan, Eastern Samar, the second around 7 a.m. at Dulag-Tolosa Leyte, the third landfall in Daanbantayan, Cebu; and the fourth landfall at Bantayan Island, Cebu around 10:40 a.m.
So far, Yolanda is the strongest typhoon to enter the country this year together with Typhoon Odette last September which has maximum winds of 215 kph, Aurelio said.
He said super typhoon Yolanda transverse the provinces of Visayas as it maintains its strength with maximum sustained winds of 235 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 275 kph and continues to move west northwest at 40 kph.
Aurelio said that if Yolanda maintains its strength, movement and speed, it will pass the southern part of Mindoro and Busuanga, Palawan before exiting the Philippine landmass Friday evening towards the West Philippine Sea.
He added Yolanda is expected to be out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility around 1:00 p.m. or 2:00 p.m. Saturday.
Read the rest of this report at Philippine News Agency (PNA).
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