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.

11 Replies to “Super Typhoon #Hagupit nears Philippine landfall, tied with 2 others as 2014’s most powerful”

  1. 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 Forces, responded quickly and smoothly to the struck areas.

    Moreso, 116 countries and 28 international organizations gave assistance. Japan specifically also requested assistance from teams from Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, and the United States. The world saw how the very discipline Japanese people worked their way in dealing, responding and handling with the disaster that hit their country.

    In days, they were continuously responding to their affected areas and cities. In weeks, they were still helping out each other. And in a span of a few very short months, they were standing high, and progress was once again in the affected areas. They got back their lives in order as if nothing happened.

    As for the Failippines, well, you’ll die expecting it to be like Japan’s disaster response and preparedness, and it will be only in the Failippines dreams and delusions of grandeur.

    1. U kno, you are sooooo correct. It doesn’t have to be this way, it never has had to be this way.Filipino’s are just as smart as Japanese people BUT they are all corrput! and have been since time ‘immemorial’ and with a corruption based country, only those who manage to weasel their way to the top (ala the crab mentality)ever get anywhere in life. Everone else gets FUCKED !
      So all you lower echelon crabs, best claw your way out of that toilet bowl and get away from the Fail-ippines and never go back.Their is no future for the vast majority of citizens of the Philippines, just more shit eating .

    2. You really should not expect a 1st class response from a 3rd class developing country (both in the people and the government). Now having said that, while I do perfectly agree that we’re not yet there in terms of preparedness, I would still like to believe the people have learned valuable lessons from the Yolanda escapade. After all they’re “EVACUATING” now. Baby steps people, baby steps and maybe just maybe there would be a time where our preparedness can also match Japan, after all Rome was not build in a day.

        1. Failippines? I see what you’re trying to do there but it only highlights how a dumb fuck u are. Its a poor and corrupt country, no need to poke fun in the name asshole. I hope you die a painfully and slowly for every person who will die in this coming super typhoon. Fuck your comment and fuck you too! hahahahhaaha! Why don’t u do yourself a favor and just die instead of posting useless comments here you idiot.

        2. I see this moron named “iggyboy” is the product of the so-called pinoy pride that many Filipinos exhibit. Your country is poor, your politicians are a joke and people like you vote for people without political experience. And you hope people who tell you the truth should die with the rest of the typhoon victims?

          DO yourself a favor and enroll in a special school, dumbass. But I doubt that since you have too much pinoy pride in what’s left of your zombie brain.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

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