PAGASA ALERT: Public Storm Warning Signal 3 For Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas

Typhoon Hagupit has already made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines according to news report.

The typhoon knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported.

Over half a million have fled coastal areas in the past few days ahead of the storm’s arrival.

The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.

It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph).

NEWS ALERT: Public Storm Warning Signal 3 For Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas
NEWS ALERT: Public Storm Warning Signal 3 For Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas

Thousands of passengers were left stranded after Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific cancelled more than 150 flights to the central and southern Philippines on Friday and Saturday, and sea travel services were suspended.

A tropical cyclone will affect the locality.

Winds of greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.

Location of eye/center: At 10:00 PM today, the eye of Typhoon “RUBY” was located based on all available data including Virac and Cebu Doppler radars in the vicinity of Dolores, Eastern Samar or at 140 km East Southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar (11.9°N, 125.8°E).

Strength Maximum sustained winds of 175 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 210 kph.

Forecast Movement: Forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph.

PAGASA ALERT: Public Storm Warning Signal 3 For Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas
PAGASA ALERT: Public Storm Warning Signal 3 For Southern Luzon, Eastern Visayas

Forecast Positions
24 hour (tomorrow evening): 35 km Northeast of Romblon, Romblon. 
48 hour (Monday evening): 235 km West Northwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro 
72 hour (Tuesday evening): 595 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro

Residents in low-lying and mountainous areas are alerted against flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, 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.• Expected Second landfall: Sunday afternoon in the vicinity of Masbate and it will be associated with strong winds, storm surge (up to 4.5 meters) and heavy to torrential rainfall.
• Estimated rainfall amount is from 10 – >30 mm per hour (heavy – torrential) within the 600 km diameter of the typhoon.
• “RUBY” and the Northeast Monsoon will bring rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, seaboards of Visayas and over northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. Fisherfolks and those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards.
• Expected to Exit PAR: Tuesday evening.
News source (s): Pagasa, GPublic