TAGBILARAN CITY. The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAG-ASA) has urged the public to prepare for the upcoming storm (internationally named Hagupit) but when it entered the Philippine Area of Responsibility it will be called Ruby. Bohol residents are being put on alert for possible severe dangers from strengthening Hagupit, reports said. Tropical storm Hagupit is approaching and PAG-ASA said it may intensify into a typhoon before entering the PAR this week. It is located at 2,325 kilometers east of Mindanao. The storm was packing with maximum winds of 75 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gusts of 90 kph. It was forecast to move west northwest at 35 kph.
The state weather agency said that Hagupit may make landfall in Eastern Visayas and barrel through the country but it may also recurve toward the southern island of Japan. Before it makes a possible landfall, Hagupit will have maximum sustained winds of 150 kph to 175 kph. It will dump moderate to intense rains to the areas along its track and may generate storm surges of up to 4 meters. Although it is still too far away to directly affect the country, Hagupit
is forecast to move west-northwest at 35 kph and may make landfall in Bicol or the central Visayas region by early next week.
GMA’s IMReady said that, as of 11 a.m., Hagupit was 2,405 kilometers east of Mindanao and packing maximum winds of 75 kph and gustiness of up to 90 kph:
Torrential rain, damaging winds and dangerously rough seas may be expected as Hagupit passes by, if ever it hit the province.