Issued (03 UTC) 11am PhT 121014
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Tropical Storm Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) has slightly re-intensified this morning as it continues to move away from the Philippines. The storm center was last located approximately 480km west southwest of Manila. Maximum sustained winds are at 85kph with gusts of up to 110kph. TS Hagupit is moving westward at 20kph.
PAGASA has now dropped all Public Storm Warning Signals in the country.
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Tropical Storm Hagupit has re-intensified this morning as it moves into slightly favorable environment over the West Philippine Sea (South China Sea). Thankfully, the system is now moving away from the Philippines. Hagupit left more than a dozen people dead (official death toll is still climbing) and nearly P2 billion ($45 million) in damages to properties and agriculture. While life is returning to normal, thousands of people are still reeling from the effects of the once Super Typhoon, especially in Eastern Samar.
Tropical Storm Hagupit will continue moving westward and should exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility later this afternoon. It will likely maintain its Tropical Storm-strength as it moves into Vietnam by Thursday afternoon. Strong winds and heavy rains will impact the region including the city of Ho Chi Minh.
We'll have another update later tonight.