Issued (16 UTC) 12am PhT 120714
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Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) has made landfall near the town of Dolores in Eastern Samar a little less than 3 hours ago. The system is now crossing the island of Samar and was last located approximately 40km north of Borongan, 80km east southeast of Calbayog, or about 100km southeast of Catarman. Maximum sustained winds remain at 205kph with gusts of up to 250kph. Typhoon Hagupit is moving westward at 15kph.
As of 11pm this evening here are the latest Public Storm Warning Signals from PAGASA:
Signal #3: Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Biliran.
Signal #2: Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Northern Antique, Aklan, Semirara Grp. of Islands, Capiz,
Northern Iloilo, Northern Cebu including Cebu City, Bantayan and Camotes
Island, and Southern Leyte.
Signal #1: Pampanga,
Bulacan, Rest of Quezon, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Lubang Island,
Calamian Group of Islands, Cuyo, Metro Manila, Rest of Antique,Rest of Iloilo, Guimaras, Negros Occidental, Negros Oriental, Rest of Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island and Dinagat Province.
IR Image from NRLMRY
Latest satellite image shows the clouds associated with Hagupit moving across Eastern Visayas. The center made landfall near the towns of Oras and Dolores in the province of Eastern Samar at about 9:15pm Philippine Time. Very strong winds and heavy rains are now battering the region. Even the town of Guiuan reported a sustained wind of 122kph this evening despite not being near the center of Hagupit. We expect dangerous conditions to continue in Samar and parts of Bicol over the next 6 hours.
Radar Image from PAGASA
Latest radar images from Virac and Cebu shows the center of Hagupit (Ruby) and its bands of light to moderate rains spreading across Samar, Leyte, Bicol, and even parts of Cebu. Rainfall rates of 20 to as much as 30mm per hours are possible. We expect anywhere from 200 to 400mm of rain to fall in some areas over the next 2 days due to Hagupit. Landslides and flashfloods will be highly likely so please make sure you heed the warnings of your local officials!
For the latest radar images and forecasts, please click HERE (Project NOAH)
Typhoon Hagupit will continue moving across Samar tonight and should start turning west northwestward possibly moving near Masbate and the Bicol Region. By Sunday morning, Hagupit is forecast to move near Quezon province, Romblon, and Marinduque. Stormy conditions will spread west and north by this time possible affecting Panay, Negros, Mindoro, and even parts of Southern Luzon (including Metro Manila).
We'll have another update tomorrow morning.