Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) maintained its strength
SEVERE WEATHER BULLETIN NUMBER FOUR
TROPICAL CYCLONE WARNING: TYPHOON “RUBY”
ISSUED AT 11:00 PM, 04 DECEMBER 2014
TYPHOON “RUBY” HAS MAINTAINED ITS STRENGTH AS IT CONTINUES TO MOVE WEST NORTHWEST TOWARDS EASTERN VISAYAS.
Location of eye/center: At 10:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “RUBY” was located based on all available data at 610 km East Northeast of Surigao City or at 570 km East of Guiuan , Eastern Samar (11.1°N, 130.9°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 270 km East of Borongan, Eastern Samar tomorrow evening. By Saturday evening, it is expected to make landfall over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area. By Sunday evening, it is expected to be at 65 km East of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro.
PUBLIC STORM WARNING SIGNAL
Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte.
Surigao del Norte, Dinagat Island and Siargao Island.
• Moderate damage to agriculture
• Rice and corn adversely affected
• Few large trees uprooted
• Large number of nipa and cogon houses partially or totally unroofed
• Some old galvanized iron roofing may roll off
• Travel by all types of sea vessels is risky
Travel by all types of aircrafts is risky
Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Ticao Island and Masbate.
Cebu City, Northern Cebu including Bantayan Island, Camotes Island and Bohol.
Surigao del Sur, Camiguin Island and Agusan del Norte.
• Moderate to heavy rains within 24 to 36 hours are expected over the areas with Public Storm Warning Signals Numbers 2 and 1. Residents in low lying and mountainous areas are advised to be alert against possible flashfloods and landslides. Moreover, those living near coastal areas are alerted against possible storm surges.
• Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5 – 20 mm per hour (heavy – intense) within the 700 km diameter of the typhoon.
• “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.
• The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 AM tomorrow.
Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) maintained its strength Thursday evening, December 4, moving toward Eastern Visayas with winds of up to 205 kph and gustiness of up to 240 kph.
In its 11 pm report, state weather bureau PAGASA said the eye of the typhoon was estimated to be at 610 km east northeast of Surigao City or 570 km east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, as of 10 pm.
Ruby is expected to move at 15 kph and will be at 270 km east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, by Friday evening, December 5.
It is expected to make landfall by Saturday evening, December 6, over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area.
It is expected to be at 65 km East of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro, by Sunday evening, December 7.
Warning against moderate damage to agriculture and risky sea and air travel, PAGASA raised public storm warning signal number 2 over 9 areas:
Surigao del Norte
Meanwhile, public storm warning signal number 1 has been raised over 10 areas:
Masbate including Ticao Island
Northern Cebu, including Bantayan Island and Camotes Island
Surigao del Sur
Agusan del Norte
Rice and corn will be adversely affected with a few large trees uprooted in areas with storm signal warnings. A large number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed and some old galvanized iron roofing may roll off.
Areas under public storm warning signals can expect moderate to heavy rains in the next 24 to 36 hours. PAGASA warned residents in low lying and mountainous areas against possible flashfloods and landslides, while storm surges are possible for those living near coastal areas.
Project NOAH executive director Mahar Lagmay earlier said storm surges of 3.5 to 4 meters are expected in parts of Eastern Visayas, and the highest surges are likely in Catarman, Borongan, and Guiuan in Eastern Samar and the Tacloban Straight in Leyte.
The typhoon and a northeast monsoon will bring rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central Luzon and Southern Luzon, over the seaboards of the 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,” PAGASA said.
It advised the public and the disaster risk reduction and management council to take appropriate actions and watch for the next bulletin to be issued at 5 am on Friday. – Rappler.com
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