Typhoon Hagupit Update (December 3, 2014)

Posted here is an update on Typhoon Hagupit, to be named Bagyong Ruby once it enters PAR, from state weather bureau PAGASA, as of December 3.

Typhoon Hagupit (Bagyong Ruby) December 3

At 4 p.m. Wednesday, the eye of Typhoon Hagupit was spotted 1,278 kilometers East of Hinatuan, Surigao Del Sur, packing maximum sustained winds of 160 kilometers per hour near the center and gust of up to 195 kph.

Hagupit is forecast to move West Northwest at 30 kph. PAGASA said Tuesday there's a 60 percent chance that it will make landfall and follow the same track as that of Super Typhoon Yolanda, one of the strongest typhoons in world history.

The weather bureau clarified, however, that Hagupit will not become a Super Typhoon although it was predicted to be as strong as Bagyong Pablo. Because of this, residents in Tacloban City, Samar and nearby provinces have been adviced to prepare.

ABS-CBN's Kim Atienza reported Wednesday night on TV Patrol that the chance for the typhoon to directly hit the Philippines is 75% which means there's only 25% chance for the typhoon to skirt the Philippine landmass. This is due to the weakening of the high pressure area (HPA) in the northern hemisphere, which will supposedly force Hagupit to move towards southern Japan.

Meanwhile, in its weather forecast issued at 5 p.m., PAGASA said Eastern Visayas will experience cloudy skies with light to moderate rainshowers and thunderstorms. Cagayan Valley will have cloudy skies with light rains. The regions of Cordillera, Ilocos, and Central Luzon will experience partly cloudy to at times cloudy skies with isolated light rains.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila and the rest of the country will be partly cloudy to cloudy with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms.

Moderate to strong winds blowing from the Northeast to East will prevail over Luzon and the Eastern section of Visayas and the coastal waters along these areas will be moderate to rough. Elsewhere, winds will be light to moderate coming from the Northeast with slight to moderate seas, the weather bureau added.