Typhoon Ruby makes second landfall in Cataingan, Masbate


Philippines state weather agency confirmed that Typhoon Ruby has made its second landfall over Cataingan, Masbate.

At 10:00 A. M., the eye of the typhoon was located based on all available data including Cebu Doppler radar at 20 km East of Cataingan, Masbate (12.0°N, 124.1°E) with maximum sustained winds of 140 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 170 kph..

In Masbate, Police Officer 3 Zandro Cabintoy, spokesman of Masbate Provincial Police, confirmed that Ruby made its second landfall in Cataingan, Masbate at around 10 a.m. Sunday.

He said the storm surge that the weather bureau warned about was made minimal by the low tide experienced in Masbate at the time of Ruby’s landfall.

Meanwhile, a storm surge destroyed eight houses left empty by residents in Sorsogon Sunday morning as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) crosses from Eastern Samar to Masbate, the Philippine Army said.

The howler is forecast to move West Northwest at 15 kph with an expected third landfall in Sibuyan Island between 8-10 PM tonigh which will be associated with strong winds, storm surge and heavy to torrential rainfall.

An estimated rainfall amount from 10 to 30 mm per hour (heavy – torrential) within the 500 km diameter of the typhoon.

Ruby and the Northeast Monsoon will cause rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Luzon and Visayas and over the northern seaboard of Mindanao. Fisherfolks and those using small sea craft are advised not to venture out over the said seaboards.

Ruby is expected to exit the Philippine area of responsibility on Wednesday morning with the following forecast positions:
24 hour (tomorrow morning): 20 km Southwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or at 150 km South of Science Garden, Quezon City.
48 hour (Tuesday morning): 260 km West of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro or at 260 km West Southwest of Science Garden, Quezon City.
72 hour (Wednesday Morning): 520 km West Southwest of Iba, Zambales.

Public storm warning Signal #3 is raised over Masbate, Ticao Island, Sorsogon, Albay including Burias Island, Romblon, Northern Samar and Samar.

PWS Signal No. 2 covers Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Southern Quezon, Batangas including Lubang Island, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Aklan, Capiz, Northern Cebu including Cebu City, Bantayan Island, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Leyte and Southern Leyte.

Public storm warning signal #1 is raised over the rest of Quezon, Rizal, Pampanga, Bulacan, Nueva Ecija, Zambales, Bataan, Northern Palawan, Metro Manila, Antique, Iloilo, Rest of Cebu and Bohol.


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