By Rex Remitio
Super typhoon Yolanda made its sixth and final landfall on Busuanga Island in northern Palawan on her way out of Philippine territory.
The storm maintained its strength, with maximum winds of 215 kilometers per hour and gusts of up to 250 kph, moving west-northwest at 40 kph.
It was expected to be clear of Palawan's landmass around midnight Friday and out of the Philippine Area of Responsibility by 9 am Saturday.
PAGASA forecaster Fernando Cada said that Typhoon Yolanda could grow stronger once it exits the country's landmass and continues on its way at sea, sucking up more moisture and building up its precipitation potential anew.
Public Storm Signal No. 4 was hoisted over extreme Northern Palawan, including the Calamian Group of Islands, the southern portions of the Mindoro provinces, Aklan, Capiz, Antique, Iloilo, and Guimaras.
Storm Signal No. 3 was up over the rest of the Mindoro provinces, Romblon, and rest of Northern Palawan including Puerto Princesa City.
Signal No. 2 prevailed over Lubang Island, Batangas, Marinduque, the rest of Palawan, Burias Island, Masbate, Ticao Island, Negros provinces, Cebu, and Biliran Island.
Signal No. 1 was issued for Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Quezon, the Camarines provinces, Albay, Sorsogon, Samar provinces, Leyte provinces, Camotes Island, Bohol, Siquijor, Camiguin, Surigao del Norte, and Dinagat Province.
At 7 pm Friday, Yellow Rainfall warning signals were raised in Metro Manila, Bulacan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Quezon and Rizal.
For areas within the reduced 400-kilometer diameter of typhoon Yolanda, 10 to 20 millimeters of rainfall could still be expected per hour.
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