Monday, December 8, 2014

Tropical Storm Hagupit (Ruby) Update #14

Issued (01 UTC) 9am PhT 120914

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Tropical Storm Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) continues to weaken as it begins to leave the province of Batangas. The system was last located approximately 40km west of Batangas City or about 90km south southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are down to 65kph with gusts of up to 85kph. TS Hagupit is moving westward at 10kph.

PAGASA has downgraded Ruby (Hagupit) into a Tropical Depression this morning and has lowered all Public Storm Warning Signal #2. However, Signal #1 is still in effect for Metro Manila, Bataan, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, and Lubang Island.

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows convection near the center continuing to weaken. Hagupit moved very slowly across the province of Batangas overnight and took nearly 12 hours for it. Wind reports in the region continue to become less impressive and satellite data reveals continued weakening. Hagupit might be downgraded into a Tropical Depression by both JMA and JTWC tomorrow.

Radar Image from PAGASA

Latest radar image courtesy of DOST-PAGASA shows bands of light to moderate rains continue to affect much of Southern Luzon, Mindoro, and Marinduque. These bands are still capable of producing up to 15mm per hour. Additional rainfall accumulations of up to 100mm are still possible in some areas and we can't rule out further flooding and landslides in some places.

For the latest radar images, please click HERE (Project NOAH)

Tropical Storm Hagupit will continue moving westward today. Stormy conditions will persist across Southern Luzon and Mindoro island through the afternoon hours. Weather conditions will start to improve tonight. Hagupit will also be continuing to weaken and could be downgraded into a Tropical Depression by tomorrow as it moves across the South China Sea (West Philippine Sea).

We'll have another update later today.

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