Slow-moving Typhoon Ruby might make 5 landfalls – Pagasa

MANILA, Dec. 6 — Typhoon Ruby is expected to make landfall in Visayas and Luzon five times starting Sunday morning, the state weather bureau said on Saturday.

PAGASA forecasts that if typhoon Ruby continue its track at 13 kph towards west direction, it is expected to make a landfall in Samar between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. on Sunday and at about 2 p.m to 4 p.m., it would again make a landfall in Sibuyan Island at about 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. after making a landfall also in Masbate between 2 .m and 4 p.m.

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According to weather forecaster Manny Mendoza typhoon Ruby was also expected to make another landfall in Romblom between 2 a.m. and 4 a.m. of Monday and then a landfall in Oriental Mindoro around 11 a.m. -1 p.m. of the same day.

He said that once ‘Ruby’ makes landfall, the typhoon may also weaken its strength due to friction effect with landmass.

Mendoza also sees the possibility of a lesser wind strength due to the effects the northeast monsoon, ridge of high pressure and trough of low pressure area.

As the typhoon moves closer to Visayas and Luzon, he said its outer spiral will bring rains and gusty winds in some areas of Luzon including Metro Manila starting Sunday evening or Monday morning.

He added typhoon Ruby is expected to exit Philippine Area of Resposibility on Wednesday. (PNA report by Christopher Lloyd T. Caliwan)

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