The Super Typhoon Hagupit, with local name Ruby, is on the verge to be the world’s most powerful storm this year — is forecast to hit the Philippines by this coming weekend. Typhoon Hagupit has entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) before dawn on Thursday, December 4th, and was about 800 miles east of the country. State weather agency Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) stated that Ruby intensified as it entered the PAR at 3 A.M., radio broadcast dzBB reported. PAGASA forecaster Jun Galang said that their models indicate a chance of Ruby making landfall over Eastern Visayas on morning or afternoon of Saturday, December 7th.
Moreover, PAGASA added that the National Capital Region (NCR) and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated thunderstorms and rain showers. Additionally, the State weather sation added that moderate to strong winds from the northeast will affect Luzon and eastern section of Visayas and of Mindanao and the coastal areas. The powerful storm strengthened into a typhoon on Tuesday and continuously strengthen on Wednesday, with sustained maximum winds of 150 mph. That said, it is equivalent to a Category 4 hurricane. A tropical typhoon is the same type of storm as a hurricane but it is then called a typhoon in the western Pacific Ocean.
The Philippine government on Wednesday, December 3rd, sent food and medical supplies to the provinces in Central Philippines. The residents of coastal villages and landslide-prone communities were told by the Local Government Unit (LGU) to move to the designated evacuation centers.
“If the storm takes the track into the Philippines, the impacts will be potentially very severe with widespread flooding, damaging winds, mudslides, storm surge and pounding surf.”
A continued west-northwest track of the Super Typhoon Hagupit is in the path to the central Philippines in the threat zone, including areas that are still recovering phase from deadly Super Typhoon Haiyan about more than year ago, the most intense tropical cyclone at landfall in history. — The Centrio Times