Typhoon Hagupit, locally codenamed Ruby, intensified into a super typhoon Thursday morning (PHL time), and could intensify further later this week, the US Navy’s Joint Typhoon Warning Center indicated.
In its update, the JTWC indicated that as of 2 a.m. Thursday, Hagupit had winds of 130 knots (240.76 kph) and gustiness of 160 knots (296.32 kph).
By 2 p.m. Thursday, it is projected to have winds of 145 knots or 268.54 kph, and gustiness of 175 knots or 324.1 kph.
At 10 p.m. Thursday, the JTWC projects Ruby to have winds of 150 knots or 277.8 kph and gustiness of 180 knots or 333.36 kph.
The JTWC indicated Ruby’s winds could peak at 160 knots or 296.32 kph with gustiness of 195 knots or 361.14 kph on Saturday, PHL time. Ruby’s winds could weaken by Monday.
PAGASA is not due to use the term “Super Typhoon” until the start of 2015.
Meanwhile, JTWC’s track indicated that while Ruby is heading for Eastern Visayas, it could move toward the eastern part of Luzon by Sunday.
For its part, the Japan Meteorological Agency’s 5:45 a.m. (PHL time) update indicated Ruby is moving west-northwest at 30 kph and could intensify in the next few days.