Typhoon “RUBY” | Bagyong Hagupit News Update – PAGASA
A tropical cyclone will affect the the locality.
Winds of greater than 60 kph and up to 100 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.
Location of eye/center: At 4:00 PM today, the center of Typhoon “RUBY” was located based on all available data at 720 km East of Surigao City (10.6°N, 132.0°E).
Strength: Maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph
Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.
Forecast Positions: Typhoon “RUBY” is expected to be at 360 km East East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar tomorrow afternoon. By Saturday afternoon, it is expected to make landfall over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area. By Sunday afternoon, it is expected to be at 30 km West Southwest of Romblon, Romblon.
Synopsis: at 4:00 pm today, the eye of typhoon “RUBY” was located
based on all available data at 720 km east of Surigao city (10.6?N, 132.0?E), with maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph. It is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kph. Northeast monsoon affecting northern Luzon.
Forecast: Eastern Visayas and the islands of Dinagat and Siargao will experience stormy weather while the rest CARAGA and the provinces of catanduanes, albay, sorsogon, ticao island, masbate, northern Cebu including Bantayan island, Camotes island, Bohol and Camiguin island will have rains with gusty winds and the coastal waters along these areas will be rough to very rough. The rest of Bicol region, Visayas and Mindanao will be cloudy with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorm. Cagayan valley, Cordillera and Ilocos region will have cloudy skies with light rains. Metro manila and the rest of Luzon will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.
Moderate to strong winds blowing from the northeast will prevail over the rest of Luzon and of Visayas and coming from the northeast to northwest over Mindanao and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough.
Forty-four provinces were also declared critical areas by NDRRMC and PAGASA. There provinces are expected to experience heavy to intense rains, and strong winds from 95 to 110 kilometers per hour.
These provinces are Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Aklan, Albay, Antique, Biliran, Bohol, Bukidnon, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Camiguin, Capiz, Catanduanes, Cebu, Compostela Valley, Davao del Norte, Davao Oriental, Dinagat Island, Eastern Samar, Guimaras, Iloilo, Lanao del Norte, Lanao del Sur, Leyte, Marinduque, Masbate, Misamis Oriental, Misamis Occidental, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Northern Samar, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Palawan, Quezon, Romblon, Samar, Siquijorr, Sorsogon, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte, Surigao del Sur, Zamboanga del Norte and Zamboanga del Sur.
The provinces of Batangas, Davao del Sur, Laguna, Maguindanao, North Cotabato, and Zamboanga Sibugay are also expected to experience moderate to heavy rains.
The weather bureau warned the typhoon is bringing heavy rain, which could trigger flash floods and landslides in mountainous areas.
The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) urged the public to heed warnings and to follow instructions given by local government officials.
In a press conference, NDRRMC Executive Director Usec. Alexander Pama asked residents of provinces on the typhoon’s path to heed the warning from authorities.
“Ang umpisa po ng disaster risk reduction ay sa mga indibidwal, sa mga pamilya. At tayo po ay nakikiusap sa ating mga kababayan na tayo po ay makinig sa mga warning ng mga namumuno sa barangay, at kung puwede po ay sundin,” Pama said.
He also warned fishermen from going out to sea once Typhoon ‘Hagupit’ enters the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR).
Meanwhile, the Department of Social Welfare and Development (DSWD) said it has prepared 100,000 family food packs ready to be distributed to those who will need assistance.
DSWD regional offices have also prepared 30,000 food packs per region.
The agency added that it has ensured that all food stockpiles will be kept safe in case their offices are affected by storm surges.
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