Bagyong ‘Ruby’ returns to supertyphoon status – JTWC

Bagyong ‘Ruby’ returns to supertyphoon status – JTWC

Tropical cyclone Ruby (international name Hagupit) regained strength Friday and is again a supertyphoon, according to the Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Watch Center (JTWC).

The tropical cyclone was packing 1-minute average maximum sustained winds in excess of 240 kilometers per hour (kph) and 296 kph gusts, the US military weather agency said.

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The JTWC expects Ruby to reach its peak on Saturday with 250 kph sustained winds and 305 kph gusts.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA), the Regional Specialized Meteorological Center in the Asia-Pacific, agrees with the JTWC’s estimates.

It raised Ruby’s status again to a “violent typhoon,” the highest category. The JTWC said the tropical cyclone was packing 10-minute average maximum sustained winds of around 194 kph and gusts reaching more than 277 kph.

According to US weather forecasters, Ruby underwent an eyewall replacement cycle, which caused it to weaken temporarily.

The tropical cyclone reintensified again after it gained a new eyewall Friday.

Its predicted track of Ruby, however, differs with other agencies. The JTWC expects the typhoon to make landfall north of Samar island, and make its way across the Bicol region, Calabarzon, and just south of Metro Manila before exiting Manila Bay and into the West Philippine Sea.

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