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Posted 07 December 2014 - 05:16 AM

Sunstar.com story with map.


CEBU (Updated) - Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) is moving towards the island province of Masbate where it is estimated to make its second landfall on Sunday after hitting land in Dolores town in Eastern Samar at 9:15 p.m. Saturday (December 6).

In its 11 p.m. weather bulletin on Saturday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said the expected second landfall is on Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of Masbate and it will be associated with strong winds, storm surge of up to 4.5 meters, and heavy to torrential rainfall.

After Masbate, the weather bureau said Ruby is estimated to make three more landfalls before it exits the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Tuesday night.

At 10 p.m. Saturday, the eye of the storm was located in the vicinity of Dolores, Eastern Samar at 140 kilometers (km) east southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar.

Ruby has maximum sustained winds of 175 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

The estimated rainfall amount is from 10 to 30 millimeters per hour (heavy torrential) within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon.

Public storm warning signal number 3 remains hoisted in Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Masbate, including Burias and Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Biliran.

Winds of 101-185 kph is expected in at least 18 hours and impact includes heavy damage to agricultural plantation, medium and large trees maybe uprooted; damage to structure of light to medium construction, while, majority of nipa and cogon houses unroofed or destroyed; and severe damage to billboards and signages.

Evacuation to safer shelters is also highly recommended. Electrical power distribution and communication services maybe severely disrupted.

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against flashfloods and landslides. Those living along the coast are warned on the occurrence of big waves associated with storm surge which may reach up to 4.5 meters.

The weather bureau placed Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Northern Antique, Aklan, Semirara Group of Islands, Capiz, northern Iloilo, northern Cebu, including Cebu City, Bantayan and Camotes Island, and Southern Leyte under public storm warning signal number 2.

Public storm warning signal number 1 was also raised in Pampanga, Bulacan, Rest of Quezon, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island, Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo, and Metro Manila.

Signal number 1 remains hoisted in rest of Antique, rest of Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, rest of Cebu and Bohol, Surigao del Norte, including Siargao Island and Dinagat Province. These areas will have occasional rains with occasional gusty winds. The public and the disaster risk reduction and management council concerned are advised to take appropriate actions and watch for the next weather bulletin to be issued on Sunday.

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

Fishermen and those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards.

The typhoon is expected to exit PAR on Tuesday evening. It is forecast to move west northwest at 15 kph.

Weather forecaster Fernando Cada said in a press briefing that the characteristics, strength and speed and track will still change, especially that Ruby will be hitting more land mass.

He said the characteristics of a typhoon changes depending on the number of times it hit land.

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