‘Hagupit’ Expected To Hit PH; Over 50 Provinces Declared “Critical”

MANILA, Philippines – The Philippines is bracing for another powerful typhoon that is bearing down on the central provinces that have yet to fully recover from the havoc hammered a year ago by deadly Super typhoon Haiyan.

The storm is Hagupit—a Filipino term for lash—and the Japan Meteorological Agency said Wednesday that it could pack winds up to 212 kilometers (132 miles) per hour when it is predicted to make landfall on Saturday at dusk.

While Hagupit is weaker than Yolanda’s 250 kph winds, it is expected to bring 3-4 metre high storm surges, topple houses made of light materials and uproot trees, said officials at the state weather bureau, adding there was a 75 percent chance the typhoon will hit land.

The Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) on Wednesday ordered local leaders in the Visayas and Mindanao to immediately evacuate families residing in coastal communities in preparation for Typhoon Hagupit.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) on Wednesday identified the critical areas likely to be affected by Typhoon “Hagupit” (local name: Ruby).

Jun Dalida, assistant director of Pagasa, said that based on current forecast models, there is a 75% chance of Hagupit making landfall in Eastern Visayas on Saturday and 25% of doing a recurve and sparing the Philippines and instead head towards southern Japan.

‘Hagupit’ Expected To Hit PH; Over 50 Provinces Declared "Critical"
‘Hagupit’ Expected To Hit PH; Over 50 Provinces Declared “Critical”

Areas in Alert Level C have a rainfall of 10-20 millimeters/hour, or heavy to intense rains and winds of 100-170 kilometers per hour. Part of its impact include heavy damage to agricultural, moderate to heavy disruption of electrical power and communication services. Travel by land, sea and air is dangerous:

1. Agusan del Norte
2. Agusan del Sur
3. Aklan
4. Albay
5. Antique
6. Biliran
7. Bohol
8. Bukidnon
9. Camarines Norte
10. Camarines Sur
11. Camiguin
12. Capiz
13. Catanduanes
14 .Cebu
15. Compostela Valley
16. Davao del Norte
17. Davao Oriental
18. Dinagat Islands
19. Eastern Samar
20. Guimaras
21. Iloilo
22. Lanao del Norte
23. Lanao del Sur
24. Leyte
25. Marinduque
26. Masbate
27. Misamis Oriental
28. Misamis Occidental
29. Northern Samar
30. Negros Occidental
31. Negros Oriental
32. Occidental Mindoro
33. Oriental Mindoro
34. Palawan
35. Quezon
36. Romblon
37. Samar
38. Siquijor
39. Sorsogon
40. Southern Leyte
41. Surigao del Norte
42. Surigao del Sur
43. Zamboanga del Norte
44. Zamboanga del Sur

Areas in Alert Level B have rains of 5-10mm/hr or moderate to heavy and winds of 60-110 kph. Its impacts include moderate damage to agriculture and travel by all types of air and sea vessels is risky.

45. Batangas
46. Davao del Sur
47. Laguna
48. Maguindanao
49. North Cotabato
50. Zamboanga Sibugay

Areas in Alert Level A have rains of 5-10mm/hr or moderate to heavy and winds of 30 to 60kph.

51. Cavite
52. Metro Manila
53. Rizal
54. Sultan Kudarat
55. Zamboanga City

News source: Inquirer, GMA

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