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Typhoon Hagupit / Ruby making landfall in Eastern Samar (Sunday early morning update)

(Video was created just prior to landfall, at around 8 pm PhST)

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Good evening/Good morning,

Storm UpdateTyphoon Hagupit continues to make landfall in Eastern Samar this evening.  Although, significantly weaker than it was a couple days ago, it is still living up to its name — to lash.  As of 11 pm PhST (1500 UTC), the center of Typhoon Hagupit was located 20 km southeast of Dolores, Eastern Samar, or 110 km east of Calbayog City, Samar, moving west at 13 km/h.  Maximum sustained winds were estimated at 175 km/h with gusts up to 250 km/h.  The pressure is steady at 935 hPa.

Public Storm Warning Signals are in effect for a majority of the central Philippines.

PSWS 3 (101-185 km/h within 18 hours): Romblon, Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte and Biliran.

PSWS 2 (61-100 km/h within 24 hours): 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.


PSWS 1 (30-60 km/h within 36 hours): 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.

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Stay tuned to PAGASA for updates on Public Storm Warning Signals as Hagupit continues to traverse the nation.

The forecast track is gaining better confidence.  The general consensus is it will continue to track over Samar tonight and into Sunday morning before crossing southern Bicol during the day.  By Monday morning, the center is expected to cross Marinduque enroute to Batangas/Mindoro by evening.  By Tuesday night, improving conditions are expected as the storm enters the South China Sea.

With regards to intensity, the typhoon should slowly weaken as it interacts with the various terrain across the Philippines.  Although strong winds are expected near the path of the storm, also consider significant rainfall (possibly up to 300 mm), storm surge, and possible flash floods and landslides.

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