Typhoon HAGUPIT/Ruby – again Samar?

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Typhoon HAGUPIT/Ruby has been upgraded to a Typhoon Category 2.  It heads now rather towards Samar and maintains its western movement. There is a high risk that HAGUPIT/Ruby follows a similar track as HAIYAN/Yolanda a year ago.

HAGUPIT 2014-12-03

All weather agencies have corrected their track forecast  predict landfall either in northern Leyte or southern Samar. Multi Agency forecast by Michael Padua.

Typhoon HAGUPIT/Ruby is expected to continue moving in a straight west-northwest track during the next 2 days. The typhoon will enter the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) by Thursday morning. By early Friday morning, the typhoon shall be traversing the southeastern part of the Philippine Sea.

Typhoon HAGUPIT/Ruby is expected to continue gaining strength throughout the forecast outlook as it moves over the warmer sea surface temperatures (SSTs) of the Philippine Sea.  Intensity Forecast  shows its 10-minute maximum sustained winds increasing rapidly to 215 km/h (at near-Super Typhoon strength) by early Friday morning.

Yolanda vs. Ruby

Yolanda 11/2013 Ruby
Yolanda 2013 Ruby 2012

HAGUPIT/(Ruby)* Storm data:

Name (INTL. / local): HAGUPIT / (Ruby)*
Class: Typhoon Cat.2
Time/Date of observation: 05:00 AM on December 03, 2014
Location of Center: 7.2º North 141.3º East
Moving Direction and Speed: West @ 3 km/h
Moving towards: Yap
Distance from the Philippines: 1670 km SE of Siargao
Estimated Date / Time of Landfall: December 6, 2014
Max. Wind Speed near Center: 150 km/h
Peak Wind Gusts: 185 km/h
Minimum Central Pressure: 959 hPa
Diameter: 1000 km
24h Rainfall near Center: 100 – 300 mm
Max. Wave Height: 7 – 9 m
Here you find how to read and understand this data 

* The local name Ruby has not yet been assigned but is next on the list

Next update this afternoon or evening.

Nearly real-time storm information

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