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Tropical Storm Hagupit (Ruby) in Southern Luzon | Afternoon Video Update

Tropical Storm Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) is now moving near the province of Batangas and could make landfall near the town of Laiya according to PAGASA. While Signal #3 warnings have been lowered by the agency, Signal #2 is still in effect in many areas, including Metro Manila. Bands of heavy rains and strong winds will continue to batter the region throughout the evening hours and possibly into tomorrow morning.

A report from the Philippine Red Cross indicated that at least 21 people have already been killed due to Hagupit. However, the National Disaster Risk Reduction Management Council has not confirmed that figure as of yet. We’ll continue to verify these reports and update accordingly.

Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update below for more info:

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Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) moves near Southern Luzon | Morning Update

Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) is now moving near the province of Quezon and the island of Marinduque. Hagupit is now barely a typhoon as it continues to weaken. However, Hagupit is still very much a strong and dangerous cyclone and should not be underestimated. Sustained winds near the center are still at 120kph with gusts that may reach up to 175kph according to the latest JMA Warning. Heavy rains continue to pound the region as well.

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PAGASA has placed the National Capital Region (Metro Manila) under Public Storm Warning Signal #2 today and the National Government has suspended classes in all levels and government offices in the region due to the approaching typhoon. Dozens of flights have been canceled as well and nearly 500 people are stranded in Batangas Port as all sea travel in the region has been suspended. Unfortunately, 2 people have been confirmed dead due to Typhoon Hagupit; both in the island of Iloilo. Dangerously stormy conditions will persist across Southern Luzon and nearby provinces throughout the day today.

Watch WxCaster PAT’s latest Video Update below for in-depth analysis and forecasts regarding Typhoon Hagupit

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We’ll continue to have updates so please keep it right here at Western Pacific Weather. Stay safe!

Super Typhoon Hagupit (Ruby) Afternoon Video Update December 4, 2014

Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) has rapidly intensified today into a powerful Category 5 Super Typhoon (based on JTWC 1-min scale). It continues to move quickly across the Philippine Sea and is threatening parts of Visayas this weekend. Unfortunately, we are still seeing variations in the computer model outputs and there is still great uncertainty as to the exact track of this powerful typhoon.

IR Image from NOAA

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WxCaster PAT’ Video Update below discusses the differences in the computer runs. We also discuss the different forecasts from agencies in the region particularly with JTWC, JMA, and PAGASA.

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Based on the official forecast tracks, Hagupit could threaten parts of Visayas beginning Saturday as a powerful typhoon. The Philippine Government has already started to prepare for the worst-case scenario. Likewise, we urge everyone living in the region to start preparing now. Follow the official bulletins and instructions from your local officials.

We’ll continue to monitor and update the progress of Hagupit. Stay safe!