Typhoon Bopha Has Sights Set on the Philippines

By Evan Duffey, Meteorologist
December 3, 2012; 4:29 AM ET
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While the hurricane season is likely over for the United States, other parts of the world are not so lucky.

In the western Pacific a powerful typhoon, named "Bopha", is making slow progress toward the Philippines where it is expected to bring life-threatening impacts.

Bopha reached the rare designation of "Super Typhoon" late Saturday, the equivalent of a strong Category 4 hurricane in the Atlantic Basin. It has since weakened slightly with maximum sustained winds below "Super Typhoon" status as of late Sunday evening, EST.

Residents of the central Philippines will need to monitor the storm for impacts beginning as early as Monday. Landfall itself will likely occur early on Tuesday in the central Philippines. Sustained winds over 100 mph, with gusts past 120 mph are possible across the region, along with flooding rainfall, storm surge and rough surf.

Warm ocean waters and relatively low wind shear will provide the opportunity for the typhoon to remain powerful as it slowly moves west-northwest toward the Philippines this weekend.

Interests in the Philippines will want monitor the storm over the coming days, especially its intensity, to determine potential impacts.

Thumbnail photo courtesy of Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies.

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