In Metro Manila, Ruby strongest at 8-10 pm Monday
MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) will unleash its wrath on the Philippines' capital, Metro Manila, from 8 to 10 pm on Monday, December 8, the state weather bureau warned.
Metro Manila will feel Ruby at its strongest during this period because the typhoon is closest to the capital by then, state weather forecaster Jori Loiz explained on Sunday, December 7.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 11 pm on Sunday placed Metro Manila under Storm Warning Signal Number 2. This means residents here can expect winds of 61 to 100 km/h in at least 24 hours. (READ: Ruby's 3rd landfall over Mindoro Monday evening)
Metro Manila is home to around 11.9 million people, or 13% of the Philippines' population of 92.3 million.
This mega-city has seen the worst floods in the Philippines even without typhoons.
The last time it experienced massive flooding was in September, when the southwest monsoon enhanced by Tropical Storm Mario (Fung-Wong) brought the metro to a standstill. (READ: #MarioPH: Is it Ondoy all over again?)
The expected effects of Ruby have prompted the Palace to suspend classes and government work in Metro Manila, Region IV-A, and Region IV-B on Monday. Other local governments have also suspended classes because of Ruby.
These have also caused the lifting of the number coding scheme, a means to control traffic, in the whole of Metro Manila, except in Makati City, on Monday.
PAGASA expects Ruby to affect other parts of the Philippines until Thursday, December 11.
Packing winds of up to 140 km/h, Ruby is said to be the “longest-staying” typhoon in the country as it moves at a slow pace of 10 km/h. It entered the Philippine area of responsibility on December 4. – with reports from Michael Bueza/Rappler.com