Super Typhoon #Hagupit nears Philippine landfall, tied with 2 others as 2014’s most powerful

Updated forecasts have put Super Typhoon Hagupit (locally code-named “Ruby”) landfall in the Philippines tonight (Saturday evening 06 Dec 2014 Philippine time) and is expected to cross near Manila sometime late Monday, 08 Dec 2014) according to Joint Typhoon Warning Center (JTWC) reports.

Forecast trajectory of the storm is “very close to the ‘multi-model’ consensus” which means that major weather modelling systems around the world are largely in agreement allowing greater levels of confidence in the forecasts.

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[See full US Naval Observatory weather update graphic as of 06 Dec 2014 here.]

Intensive evacuation of affected residents are underway. A BBC report describes the effort as “one of the largest peacetime evacuations the country has ever seen.” Also…

President Benigno Aquino, who met disaster agency chiefs on Friday afternoon, has ordered food supplies to be sent to affected areas, as well as troops and police officers to be deployed to prevent looting in the aftermath.

Residents in Ormoc city batten down their vehicles in preparation for Hagupit's visit.Source: @violettiramisu on Twitter
Residents in Ormoc city batten down their vehicles in preparation for Hagupit’s visit.
Source: @violettiramisu on Twitter
Hagupit follows its predecessor Super Typhoon Haiyan (locally code-named “Yolanda”) which devastated the same general area in November 2013. Residents in these areas, owing to the experience, are now likely to be far more prepared. According to the latest Weather Channel report, Hagupit tied with two other Super Typhoons Vongfong and Nuri for most powerful in 2014…

As of 9 a.m. EST Friday, JTWC raised its estimate of Hagupit’s top winds to 150 mph, making it once again a “super” typhoon, the equivalent of a Category 4 hurricane.

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) earlier declared Hagupit a “violent” typhoon, the highest classification on its scale, with 10-minute sustained winds of 130 mph and gusts to 190 mph.

Volunteers from the Philippine military pack relief goods to be distributed to affected areas.Source: @dswdserves on Twitter
Volunteers from the Philippine military pack relief goods to be distributed to affected areas.
Source: @dswdserves on Twitter
Hagupit is expected to take up to four days to cross the Philippines. It is expected to weaken further along the way although the weakening may likely induce heavy rains which means flooding will also be an eventuality that needs to be prepared for.

The Philippines’ Department of Health Secretary Janette Garin reports that government health agencies are “preparing like it is going to be a Yolanda” and is hoping that a new “buddy system” amongst hospitals will improve the delivery of their services over the course of the crisis.

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d_forsaken
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In the Failippines, no matter how “better prepared” they are, it will still be an epic failure, and many will die. This country hasn’t learned anything in all of the typhoons that came since time immemorial. It’s always all about press releases and false sense of security. Nothing gets done no matter how one puts it. I will always constantly look and give two-thumbs-up at the disaster response and deployment of Japan during the The Great East Japan Earthquake of magnitude 9.0 last 2011. After the tsunami struck, within 12 to 48 hours, their government especially the Japan Self Defense… Read more »
Gerry
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maybe not, but prediciting that the relief effort will be a failure is not a stretch of the imagination. More death and destruction and miserys coming the Republic of ther Philippines way. It is best to just to get out and never go back. Seriously, GET OUT NOW !

ChinoF
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Hahaha. That tape and newspaper on the vans is a good representation of how “prepared” people are for the typhoon. It shows that they don’t know how to prepare! Dang.

Hyden Toro 00fg
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Here we go again…Super Typhoon on the way…

Sea Bee
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The municipal officials in Tacloban let all their employees go home before the storm Yolanda hit. The next day, only a handful showed up to help with the rescue. Hopefully they will not pull a bone headed stunt like that and will have equipment to clear roads and city workers and aid officials pre positioned, so that the whole city will not be shut down.