Typhoon Ruby hits Eastern Samar
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MANILA, Philippines (2nd UPDATE) – Typhoon Ruby (international name: Hagupit) hit land in Dolores, Eastern Samar, at 9:15 pm Saturday, December 6, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
The typhoon, however, started battering Eastern Samar around 8 pm as its eyewall – the strongest part of the typhoon – hit the area.
"Based on what we're seeing in the Cebu Station (400 km) Doppler, Typhoon Ruby has already made landfall in Eastern Samar," Dr Mahar Lagmay, executive director of the government's disaster information center Project NOAH, tweeted at 8:24 pm.
His post came after WesternPacificWeather.com tweeted at 7:48 pm that the eyewall of Ruby made landfall near Dolores and Oras towns in Eastern Samar.
PAGASA's earlier bulletin said Ruby would make landfall in Dolores between 8 and 10 pm Saturday.
PAGASA earlier said the typhoon has maximum sustained winds of 175 km/h near the center, and gustiness of up to 210 km/h. It is moving west in direction at 16 km/h, with heavy to torrential rainfall (10 to 30 mm/h) expected within its 600-km diameter.
The typhoon is associated with strong winds and storm surges of up to 4.5 meters as it makes landfall, the bureau added.
Ruby is also expected to make landfall in 5 other areas until Monday, December 8:
- Masbate - between 8 and 10 am, December 7
- Sibuyan Island - between 2 and 4 pm, December 7
- Romblon Island - between 5 and 7 pm, December 7
- Tablas Island - between 8 and 10 pm, December 7
- Oriental Mindoro - between 5 and 7 am, December 8
The next bulletin on Ruby will be released at 11 pm Saturday. – Rappler.com