Update No. 6—6:49 a.m., Saturday, December 6) Weather Bureau PAGASA has detected a gradual weakening of typhoon Ruby.
PAGASA Administrator Vicente Malano said this is due to the interaction of Typhoon Ruby with the cold northeasterly winds (amihan) coming from Siberia.
Malano said that though the weakening of the typhoon is gradual, it is continuous: ”Because of this, we can already expect that the typhoon would not intensify into a super typhoon category when it hits the landmass."
The sustained wind speed of the typhoon is now estimated at 195 kph, down from 215 kph. Malano said the rain intensity and diameter of the typhoon would also be reduced with this development.
But PAGASA says, Ruby is still a strong typhoon.
As of 5 a.m. it was last spotted 240 km east northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar. It has winds of up 195kph, gustiness 230kph.
Weather bureau PAGASA warns of up to 4 to 5-meter high storm surges in Quezon Province, Leyte, Samar and parts of the Bicol region.
Ruby is expected to make landfall Saturday night.
Public storm warning signals have been raised over 37 areas.
Public storm warning signal number 3 (winds greater than 100 kph up to 185 kph expected in at least 18 hours) has been hoisted over the following areas:
Public storm warning signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hrs)has been raised over the following areas, which PAGASA said will experience occasional rains and gusty winds:
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