'Ruby' weakens; Cebu City still under signal no. 2

CEBU CITY -- The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) reported that Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) has slightly weakened Saturday morning as it continues to threaten the Visayas.

In its 11 a.m. update, Pagasa said public storm warning signal number 2 is still hoisted over northern Cebu and this city, while the rest of Cebu province remains under storm signal no. 1.

Ruby is expected to make landfall over the Eastern Samar and Northern Samar area early Sunday morning, Pagasa said, adding that the typhoon will bring strong winds, storm surge of up to 4.5 meters and heavy-intense rainfall.

State weather forecasters reported that as of 10 a.m. Saturday, the eye of Typhoon Ruby was located at 180 kilometers (km) east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar.

Ruby has maximum sustained winds of 185 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 220 kph. It is forecast to move west at 13 kph.

Pagasa said Ruby is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility by Wednesday evening.

Ruby may dump 7.5 – 20 millimeters per hour of rain (heavy – intense) within its 600-kilometer diameter.

Pagasa hoisted signal no. 3 (winds of 100 - 185 kph is expected in at least 18 hours) over Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate, Ticao Island, Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, and Biliran.

Residents living along the coast in areas under signal number 3 are warned on the occurrence of big waves.

Strong winds can also pose heavy damage to agricultural plantations as well as "considerable" damage to light and medium infrastructure, the agency said.

Areas under signal no. 2 (winds of 61-100 kph is expected in at least 24 hours) are Camarines Sur, Burias Island, Romblon, Capiz, Northern Cebu, Cebu City, Bantayan Island, Camotes Island, Leyte, Southern Leyte, and Dinagat province.

Areas under signal no. 1 (winds of 30 - 60 kph is expected in at least 36 hours) are Southern Quezon, Camarines Norte, Marinduque, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Antique, Aklan, Iloilo, Guimaras, Northern Negros, rest of Cebu, Bohol, Surigao del Norte, and Siargao Island. (with John Carlo Cahinhinan/Sunnex)

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