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article imageStrong typhoon to make landfall in central Philippines Saturday

By Leo Reyes     Dec 4, 2014 in Environment
A little over a year after central Philippines was ravaged by Super Typhoon Haiyan, another strong typhoon with international code name "Hagupit" (Ruby in the Philippines), is expected to make landfall in central Philippines on Saturday.
As of 4:00 p.m. today (Thursday Phl time), Typhoon "Hagupit" was spotted by Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) at 720 km East of Surigao City with maximum sustained winds of 205 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 240 kph.
Typhoon Hagupit is moving west northwest at 15 kph. It is expected to be 360 kilometers east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar Friday afternoon and is expected to make landfall Saturday afternoon in the Eastern and Northern Samar area.
The strong typhoon which was categorized by the Joint Typhoon Warning Center of the United States military as super typhoon, has a diameter of 700 kilometers.and is expected to bring heavy rainfall along its path.
The initial track of Typhoon Hagupit shows it will likely pass along the path of Typhoon Haiyan, a super typhoon that flattened central Philippines in November last year killing more than 6,000 people.
Presiding over an emergency meeting with the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), President Benigno Aquino said Thursday that there is enough funds for the calamity stricken areas as he gave instructions to concerned agencies to prepare for the approaching typhoon.
The Armed Forces have been put on red alert while the Philippine National Police was instructed to maintain peace and order in the areas along the path of the typhoon.
Local Government Secretary Mar Roxas has instructed local government officials to monitor prices of basic commodities in the affected areas and to make sure that relief goods reach typhoon victims on time.
Meanwhile, the scheduled informal official's meeting of Asia Pacific Economic Commission (APEC) has been moved from the original venue in Albay province to Manila due to the approaching typhoon.
Albay is located in Southern Luzon which is within the path of Typhoon Hagupit.
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