Hagupit now a typhoon, still outside PAR
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – The US Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) on Tuesday, December 2, upgraded tropical storm Hagupit into a typhoon.
As of 5 am Wednesday, December 3, the typhoon had maximum sustained winds of approximately 157 km/h (85 knots) and gusts of approximately 194 km/h and is located in open ocean east of Palau.
Meanwhile, state weather bureau PAGASA already upgraded Hagupit into a typhoon as of 4 am, reporting maximum sustained winds of 130 km/h near the center and gusts of 160 km/h.
PAGASA said the typhoon, last located 1,670 kilometers east of Mindanao, is moving at a speed of 30 km/h towards the west-northwest.
The Japan Meteorological Agency on the other hand reports Hagupit as a "strong" typhoon.
The JTWC is responsible for the issuing of tropical cyclone warnings in the North West Pacific Ocean, South Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean for United States Department of Defense interests.
Some weather forecasters expected the tropical storm to become a typhoon and enter the Philippine area of responsibility by Thursday, December 4. – Rappler.com