"Ruby" no longer a "supertyphoon"

MANILA – Two meteorological agencies have downgraded the category of typhoon ''Ruby'' (international name: Hagupit).

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) of the US Navy, has downgraded Ruby from the maximum ''super typhoon'' category to ''typhoon'' status.

The Japan Meteorological Agency also downgraded the typhoon from the maximum ''violent'' to ''very strong''.

The JTWC, in its advisory issued 11 a.m. Friday (Manila time), said Ruby was packing one-minute average maximum sustained winds of 231 kilometers per hour (125 knots) and gusts of 277 kph (150 knots) as of 8 a.m. Friday.

The JTWC had earlier upgraded Ruby to super-typhoon status after its wind strength reached around 300 kph, matching those brought by super typhoon Yolanda in 2013.

The weather bureau forecasts the typhoon to grow weaker as it approaches the Philippines. The expected weakening of the weather disturbance is attributed to its interaction with land.

Based on its forecast track for the typhoon, the JTWC said Ruby's wind strength could decrease to 120 kph (65 knots) by the time it reaches the vicinity of Metro Manila.

''Hagupit will maintain a generally west to west- northwestward trajectory under the steering influence of the subtropical ridge,''the JTWC said.

The sub-tropical ridge is a large belt of high pressure system in the northern hemisphere that is referred to as an anti-cyclone system. This system has prevented the upward movement of the typhoon, forcing the weather disturbance to hit the Philippines.

''Bulk of the dynamic models have come into closer agreement on a generally westward track over the Philippines. While there is still some disagreement in the exact placement of the system, ranging between the Cagayan Valley to just north of Panay, there is better confidence in the JTWC forecast track," the JTWC said.


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Typhoon "Ruby" update

MANILA -- Typhoon "Ruby" (International name "Hagupit") maintained its strength as it barreled towards the Philippines, state weather bureau PAGASA said.

In its 11 a.m. update on Friday, PAGASA said Ruby has also maintained its speed and direction, moving west northwest at 13 kilometers per hour (kph) towards Eastern Visayas.

The typhoon is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area by Saturday evening, PAGASA said.

Ruby was located at 435 kilometers east of Borongan, Eastern Samar as of 10 a.m. It was packing maximum sustained winds of 215 kph near the center and gusts of up to 250 kph.

It is forecast to be 120 kms east Northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar on Saturday morning; 50 kms west of Catarman, Northern Samar or 60 kms east of Masbate City, Masbate on Sunday morning; and in the vicinity of Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro on Monday morning.

PAGASA forecaster Chris Perez said there may be changes in the speed of the typhoon due to several atmospheric factors. He noted that a faster movement will result in fewer rains being dumped in the typhoon's path.

Perez, nonetheless, warned that the danger being posed by the typhoon remains the same, regardless of its speed.

As expected, the typhoon's intensity is expected to decrease upon hitting land.

The Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) said there is still uncertainty over the exact course that the typhoon will take after making landfall in the Philippines.

''Bulk of the dynamic models have come into closer agreement on a generally westward track over the Philippines. While there is still some disagreement in the exact placement of the system, ranging between the Cagayan Valley to just north of Panay, there is better confidence in the JTWC forecast track," the JTWC said.

In its advisory issued at 11 a.m. Friday (Manila time), the typhoon is forecast to be within the vicinity of Metro Manila on December 9, Wednesday, at 8 a.m.

STORM SIGNALS

Public storm warning signals remain hoisted raised over 34 areas.
Public storm warning signal number 2 (winds of 61-100 kph expected in at least 24 hours) has been raised over the following areas, which PAGASA said will experience occasional rains and gusty winds:

Luzon

  • Sorsogon
  • Ticao Island
  • Masbate

Visayas

  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Southern Leyte
  • Northern Cebu including Cebu City
  • Bantayan Island
  • Camotes Island

Public storm warning signal number 1 (winds of 30-60 kph expected in at least 36 hours) has been raised over the following areas, where PAGASA said that residents in low-lying and mountainous areas should be alerted against possible flash floods and landslides:

Luzon

  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Camarines Norte
  • Camarines Sur
  • Burias Island
  • Romblon

Visayas

  • Capiz
  • Iloilo
  • Antique
  • Aklan
  • Negros Oriental
  • Negros Occidental
  • Rest of Cebu
  • Siquijor
  • Bohol

Mindanao

  • Surigao del Sur
  • Agusan del Norte
  • Surigao del Norte
  • Dinagat Island
  • Siargao Island
  • Misamis Oriental
  • Agusan del Sur
  • Camiguin Island

STORM SURGE

PAGASA warned areas in the typhoon's path of storm surges. It said storm surges as high as 4 meters, accompanied by strong winds and heavy to intense rainfall, shall be expected upon the typhoon's landfall in the vicinity of Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area.

Estimated rainfall amount is from 7.5-20 millimeters per hour, classified as "heavy to intense," within the 700-km diameter of typhoon Ruby.

PAGASA cautioned fishermen and those using small sea vessels against venturing out into the sea, as there will be rough to very rough sea conditions in the seaboard of Northern Luzon, the eastern seaboard of Central and Southern Luzon, the seaboards of Visayas and over the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. 

CEBU PACIFIC, HAVE A HEART

Manager's name is Mark Rotanel
I just want to rant: Tonight, March 15, 2014 9:40pm. Manager (Mark Rotanel) in front of the counter in manila just shouted at 3 passengers that were going to Vietnam to have their kid operated. Mother was very frustrated because the manager of Cebu pacific shouted that he's the manager and he has the right not to make them fly because he found some defect in the kids passport. But the passport looks ok and has little fold. How can that manager be so heartless knowing that the kid will be operated the next day. The mother was pleading if one of the adult be left behind and allow the kid to fly. But the manager just yelled at them and made them move in the side and let other passengers go ahead? then he also said that since the passport has little defect, its not cebu pacific's fault and their tickets will be forfeited because its a promo ticket. what kind of service was that? this is insane and inhuman. I hope those family are ok now. Anyone from Cebu pacific, have a heart!
10:40pm Kid is still outside crying, Manager checked in the mother and she's confused on what to do. This is really what i call power tripping. How can a fellow filipino do this to another weak fellow filipino. Instead of finding ways to solve the problem, the manager cause more problem for the family to be stressed.

10:50pm She tried to ask the manager to rebook since she was denied to enter. but the manager said, since she was already booked and her kid isn't, the carrier thinks she already flew so Cebu Pacific Air can't rebook their flight. What kind of answer was that. Manager's name is Mark Rotanel. Carrier has the right to refuse whoever flies, but i hope not in this manner.

I hope that Mark Rotanel learns to be more understanding. He reported Vietman that the passport was detached. is it?? its still fixed. so Vietnam didn't allow them to fly. So the mother asked why did you
Kid Passport
put detached, do you know the meaning of detached? Manager said "Sorry i don't know how to speak english" making the mother more frustrated because he was being sarcastic. Thank you Cebu Pacific Air for showing us that you will not defend your passenger, even if your passenger will be operated for his life. Soooooooo heartless!
How's his doctor's appointment now? Will the doctor in Vietnam still entertain them for not showing up? How about the reserved hotels and other things paid in advance? How can someone be so heartless to kill a kids hope to be better.

The manager said to the mother, hindi ka ba murunong magbasa? look at the reminders behind your passport. So confused and shocked the mother didn't check and weakly said "ok". after the incident she checked, It says at the back of all our Philippine passport. "Alteration, addition, or destruction of contents is strictly prohibited. Any unauthorized change will render this passport invalid" -- Now, how can the passport, posted earlier, be invalid if there was no alteration, addition or destruction of content? The passport was clearly usable and is just loose because its owned by the kid. We all know kids could be clumsy, but still the passport is still intact and not altered for bad use.

Please share, maybe one Cebu Pacific officer will have the heart to allow the kid to go to his operation and rebook his flight. And the management will not allow this to happen again, because it could happen to you, to me or to anyone who is helpless like a kid that will be operated.

Written by: Richell de Guzman

100 vessel to join fluvial procession

CEBU, Philippines - The Philippine Coast Guard-Cebu expects almost a hundred vessels to join the fluvial procession today in seawaters off the cities of Cebu, Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu.

The PCG registered at least 85 vessels but the number may increase as they are expecting other smaller vessels to join today despite not registering with their office.

PCG-Cebu District Commander Rodulfo Villajuan said they have designated areas where small and large vessels should stand by.

"Hindi maiiwasan na may mga sasali kaya hindi na naming ma-hold 'yan but we have to make sure na andu'n sila sa hulihan," Villajuan said.

He added that he designated a task group to take charge of the line formation between the vessels to avoid possible incidents.

"Ninety eight percent ready na kami ngayon kasi hirap namang sabihing 100 percent, hindi naman kami perpekto," Villajuan said.

Furthermore, the head of PCG Central Visayas, Commodore William Melad, said they will base the decision to continue or cancel the fluvial procession on the weather advisory by PAGASA.

As of 6:30 p.m. last night, Melad said they have not yet decided on the matter while preparations continued for the fluvial procession from Ouano Wharf in Mandaue City to Pier 1 in Cebu City.

PAGASA Mactan officer-in-charge Al Quiblat said tropical depression Agaton, the first weather system for the year, will bring rains up to the Fiesta Señor on Sunday if it does not dissipate.

The state weather bureau yesterday placed Southern Leyte under public storm signal number 1, the lone Visayas area, together with Mindanao areas of Surigao del Sur, Surigao del Norte, Siargao Island, Dinagat Province, Agusan del Norte, Agusan del Sur, Davao Oriental and Compostela Valley.

Quiblat added that the public must be alert for possible landslides and floods.

Waves measuring 3.4 meters to 4.5 meters high are probable in the Visayan seaboard, sea crafts that plan to sail have been cautioned.

Meanwhile, Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama said everyone must contribute to fervent prayers in order to have good weather condition for the fluvial and solemn procession.

"We just continuously pray and prepare because that's the only thing we can do. But knowing Sto. Niño, there might be miracles. The adjustments would be to bring umbrellas…don't bring too many cars to lessen traffic congestion," Rama said.p (FREEMAN)



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