34 areas were under storm signals early Friday as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit)

34 areas were under storm signals early Friday as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) intensified further and continued to move toward Eastern Visayas, state weather agency PAGASA said.

PAGASA said Ruby was estimated at 500 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 4 a.m., with maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 250 kph.

“(Maaring) Linggo ng umaga siya ay magla-landfall sa Samar area,” PAGASA forecaster Manny Mendoza told dzBB radio, citing the agency’s latest data.

He said there is a chance Ruby may make landfall on Borongan, then affect Samar.

PAGASA said Typhoon Ruby is forecast to move west-northwest at 13 kph and is expected to be 230 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar by Saturday morning.

By Sunday morning it is expected to be 85 km southeast of Catarman in Northern Samar. By Monday morning, it is expected to be in the vicinity of Romblon, Romblon.

Storm signals

Under Storm Signal No. 2 are (18 areas):

Ticao Island
Northern Samar
Eastern Samar
Southern Leyte
Northern Cebu
Cebu City
Bantayan Island
Camotes Island
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Surigao del Norte
Dinagat Island
Siargao Island

Under Signal No. 1 are (16 areas):

Camarines Norte
Camarines Sur
Burias Island
Negros Oriental
Negros Occidental
Rest of Cebu
Misamis Oriental
Agusan del Sur
Camiguin Island

PAGASA said Ruby may bring an estimated rainfall of 7.5 to 20 mm per hour (heavy to intense) within its 700-km diameter.

It added Ruby and the Northeast Monsoon will bring rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, over the seaboards of Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

“Fisherfolks and those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards,” it said.

It also warned those living near coastal areas to be alert against possible storm surges.

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