'Ruby' to pass close to Metro Manila tonight

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 08 2014 06:14 AM | Updated as of Dec 08 2014 02:15 PM

MANILA - Metro Manila may experience strong winds and heavy rains from Typhoon Ruby (international name Hagupit) when the tropical cyclone passes closest to the metropolis early Monday night, weather bureau PAGASA said.

PAGASA, in its latest advisory issued 5 a.m. Monday, said the typhoon has continued to weaken and is expected to hit Northern Mindoro and pass close to Metro Manila between 6-8 p.m. tonight.

Public storm warning signal number 2 remains hoisted over the metropolis, but signal number 3 has been raised in provinces just south of the nation's capital.

Signal number 3:

Burias Island
Marinduque
Romblon
Oriental Mindoro
Occidental Mindoro
Batangas
Laguna
Cavite
Southern Quezon
Lubang Island

Signal number 2:

Masbate
Ticao Island
Calamian Grp. of Islands Bulacan
Bataan
Northern Quezon
Rizal
Albay
Camarines Sur
Camarines Norte
Metro Manila
Semirara Island
Aklan
Capiz

Signal number 1:

Sorsogon
Polillo Island
Zambales
Nueva Ecija
Tarlac
Pampanga
Catanduanes
Northern Palawan
Cuyo
Northern Samar
Iloilo
Antique
Biliran
Bantayan Island

PAGASA warned that 3-meter-high storm surges may occur in areas in signal number 3.

It said the typhoon, which was spotted 50 km northeast of Romblon as 4 a.m., is expected to to make its 3rd landfall in northern Mindoro.

"It will be associated with strong winds, storm surge, and moderate to heavy rainfall," PAGASA said.

It added that Ruby is carrying moderate to heavy rainfall within its 450-km diameter.

The typhoon has already left 8 people dead in the Visayas and forced up to a million people to evacuate to safer ground.

Ruby, which is moving west-northwest at 10 kph, is expected to be 60 km west-northwest of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro by Tuesday morning and leave the Philippine area of responsibility Thursday.