Signal no. 3 up in Samar provinces

CEBU (Updated) -- The state weather bureau hoisted public storm warning signal number 3 in Samar provinces as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) maintained its strength while threatening Samar Island Friday evening.

In its 11 p.m. Friday bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa) said Ruby is expected to make landfall Saturday evening or Sunday morning over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area.

Pagasa said the typhoon was located as of 10 p.m. Friday at 305 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar, still packing maximum winds of 195 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 230 kph.

Ruby was forecast to move west at 10 kph.

With its movement and location, Pagasa placed the three Samar provinces (Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, and Samar) under public storm warning signal number 3. Winds of 101-185 kph is expected in these areas in at least 18 hours.

Residents in these provinces, particularly those living in low lying and mountainous areas, were alerted against flashfloods and landslides. Those living along the coast are warned on the occurrence of big waves associated with storm surge of up to four meters.

Storm surge has been defined as the ability to engulf low lying coastal communities and bring destruction to natural and man-made structures, or the tsunami-like phenomenon or rising water commonly associated with low pressure weather systems.

Pagasa also said that in areas under signal number 3, heavy damage to agricultural plantation is expected, while medium and large trees will be uprooted. Considerable damage to structure of light to medium construction will also be experienced, and majority of nipa and cogon houses wills be unroofed or destroyed.

Evacuation to safer shelters is highly recommended. Also, electrical power distribution and communication services may be severely disrupted in Samar provinces.

(Source: Pagasa)

Areas under signal number (30-60 kph winds in at least 36 hours) include Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Burias Island, Romblon, Southern Quezon and Marinduque in Luzon; Capiz, Iloilo, Antique, Guimaras, Aklan, Negros Oriental, Negros Occidental, rest of Cebu and Bohol in the Visayas; and Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur and Camiguin in Midnanao.

Pagasa warned residents in areas under storm warning signals against strong winds, heavy-intense rainfall, and storm surge of up to four meters.

It said Ruby will bring an estimated rainfall amount of 7.5 to 20 millimeters per hour within its 600-kilometers diameter. It will also bring rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Northern Luzon, eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, seaboards of Visayas and over northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao as it interacts with the Northeast Monsoon.

Fisherfolk and those using small seacraft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards.

The weather bureau also said in its latest bulletin that Ruby will be at 85 kilometers northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar or at 170 kilometers east southeast of Catarman, Northern Samar by Friday evening, 75 kilometers northwest of Masbate City by Sunday evening, and 150 kilometers west of Calapan City by Monday evening.

The typhoon will exit the Philippine territory by Wednesday morning, Pagasa added. (LMY/Sunnex)

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