Saturday, December 6, 2014

Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Update #10

Issued (23 UTC) 7am PhT 100714

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Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) continues to slowly cross the island of Samar this morning. The storm center was last located approximately 20km southeast of Calbayog City, Western Samar or about 80km north northwest of Tacloban City, Leyte. Maximum sustained winds are down to 185kph with gusts of up to 240kph. Typhoon Hagupit is moving westward at 10kph.

As of 5am this morning, here are the latest Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA:

Signal #3: Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon and Masbate including Burias, Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Biliran.

Signal #2: Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro Laguna, Batangas, Northern Antique, Aklan, Semirara Grp. of Islands, Capiz, Northern Iloilo, Northern Cebu including Cebu City, Southern Leyte, Bantayan and Camotes Islands.

Signal #1: Pampanga, Bulacan, Rest of Quezon, Rizal,Bataan, Cavite, Lubang Island, Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo, Metro Manila, 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. 

IR Image from NRLMRY

Latest satellite image shows Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) continues to trek slowly across the island of Samar. The system made landfall last night and the center is currently exiting near the city of Calbayog. Strong winds of up to 140kph continue to pound the areas near the storm center. Widespread heavy rains also continue to affect much of Samar, Bicol Region, Leyte, and nearby islands.

Forecast Track (NOT OFFICIAL!)

Typhoon Hagupit will continue moving generally westward this morning. We are still expecting a slight turn to the northwest later today which should bring the center near Masbate this afternoon. Stormy conditions across Samar and Leyte will continue for another 6-12 hours before winding down. Due to continued land interaction, we also expect Hagupit to continue weakening over the next 2 days. 

Bands of light to moderate rains will spread towards Panay, Romblon, Marinduque, and parts of Southern Luzon (including Metro Manila) by tomorrow. By Tuesday, Hagupit is forecast to slowly move away from the Philippines, weakening to a Tropical Storm during that time frame.

We'll have another update later today. 

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