'Agaton' causes panic online

Posted at 01/03/2014 7:48 PM | Updated as of 01/06/2014 8:20 AM
US Joint Typhoon Warning Center's satellite image of the Pacific region, dated January 3, 2014, showing clear areas in the region. The only potential storm is found near Sri Lanka in the Indian Ocean.

Too early to say another 'super typhoon' heading for PH: PAGASA

MANILA - The state weather bureau denied rumors online that a weather formation supposedly stronger than super typhoon "Yolanda" will hit the Philippines in the coming weeks.

"It's too early to predict if the low pressure area (LPA) we are looking into right now will be as strong as Yolanda," Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecaster Gener Quitlong said.

"Actually, the possibility of that LPA to be a storm is still being monitored. Also, the LPA can be dissolved and not to continue as a storm," he added.

A report circulating on social media said that "super typhoon Agaton" will hit the Philippines on January 16 and 17, and will be more destructive than Yolanda.

Some netizens posted that "Agaton" is now in the Philippine area of responsibility, and urged the government to take action.

The hashtag "#Yolanda" trended on Twitter on Friday due to discussions about the alleged super typhoon, with several netizens asking for confirmation about "Agaton." Other users on Twitter posted prayers and warnings online.

In its latest update on Friday, the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council said the death toll due to Yolanda has reached 6,166.