Super Typhoon Hagupit, locally named Ruby has intensified further to a category 5 howler. The violent weather disturbance now packs wind speeds up to 285 kph according to http://typhoon2000.ph. Hagupit is now in the Philippine Area of Responsibility and it has been tracked to be moving WNW at 18 kph. Heavy rainfall (50-100 mm) is expected in the eastern seaboard of the country which includes Leyte, Samar, Bicol Region including Masbate, and Northern CARAGA including Siargao and Dinagat islands starting tomorrow December 6. Moderate to Heavy Rains (30-50 mm) is expected in Cebu and Bohol.
There is no definite forecast yet where Hagupit will make landfall but residents of coastal areas all over the country are advised to make necessary precautions or evacuate if possible. Storm surges are expected with the very strong wind speed that this typhoon is bringing. By Friday evening , waves as high as 5 meters could be expected in Eastern Visayas and Southern Bicol.
Based on the different storm tracking agencies, the typhoon could make landfall in either of these areas: Leyte, Samar, Northern Samar, or Bicol Region. Hagupit or Ruby will either affect mainly the Visayas but could end up affecting Luzon including Metro Manila. Since there is no definite storm track yet it is advised that residents living along the possible storm paths to be prepared.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services (PAGASA) has issued storm signal warnings at 5 pm today:
|Public Storm Warning Signal|
(Winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hrs)
|None||Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte.||Dinagat Island and Siargao Island.|
(winds of 30 – 60 kph is expected in at least
|Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Ticao Island and Masbate||Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island, Camotes Island and Bohol.||Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Camiguin Island and Agusan del Norte|