MANILA, Dec. 8 – The state weather agency Pagasa downgraded Typhoon Ruby into a tropical storm category in its latest bulletin. Ruby was moving towards the island-province of Marinduque on Monday morning.
Nonetheless, the provinces of Bataan, Batangas, Cavite, Laguna, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Lubang island and southern Quezon in Luzon are under storm signal 3.
The provinces of Pampanga, Rizal, Bulacan, Metro Manila, the rest of Quezon, Occidental Mindoro, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Romblon and Burias island are still in signal 2.
Signal 1 is raised over Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Zambales, Polillo Island, Albay, Sorsogon, Ticao Island, Calamian Group of Island and Masbate in Luzon; and Aklan, Capiz and Semirara island.
Previous areas with typhoon signal coverage not mentioned above has been lifted.
PAGASA weather forecaster Chris Perez said Ruby’s maximum wind strength decreased from 120 kph to 105 kph, while its gustiness was also down from 150 kph to 135 kph.
Perez said the northeast monsoon caused the weakening of “Ruby” which similarly affected the radius of the weather disturbance, noting that the current diameter of the storm is 225 kms, having shrunk from the previously reported 360 kms. It is further projected to decrease to 60 km in radius by 6:00 a.m. Tuesday.
“Ruby” made its third landfall at around 11:05 a.m. at Torrijos, Marinduque.
Maintaining its speed and movement, PAGASA said that the tropical storm is expected to make another landfall in Batangas at around 6-8 p.m. Monday.
For the rainfall, Perez said it might increase from light to heavy as the tropical storm progresses, however, advising the public to take precautions from early evening Monday until Tuesday.
By Wednesday morning, storm “Ruby” is expected to be at 295 km west of Quezon City and at 545 km west of Quezon City by Thursday morning and will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) toward the West Philippine sea in the evening
The effects of “Ruby” and the northeast monsoon will cause rough to very rough sea conditions over the seaboards of Luzon and the Visayas.(from PNA reports.)