Latest Hagupit/Ruby Tropical Storm info (UPDATED 7:30am)

With Tropical storm Hagupid (local name Ruby) barreling down on the Philippines, the media and social networks are buzzing with false information causing panic.

I will provide you with all the information you need on the storm using trusted international sources.

Scroll to the comments at the bottom for the very latest updates!

Please share this with your friends and family to ensure they stay safe.

What we know right now is:

  • The wind speeds have been dropping since Dec 4th when they were at 180mph, classifying it as a Super Typhoon, rated as a cat 5. At the moment, it is classed as a Typhoon and is no longer a Super Typhoon as the wind speeds dropped to just 140mph making it a Cat 4 storm.
  • By the time the storm makes landfall, it will be a Cat 3 with wind speeds of 111-130mph and will then drop further to a cat 2 storm with wind speeds of 96-110mph. As the storm passes through the Philippines, the storm will drop further to a Cat 1 storm.
  • The latest models predict that it will hit Manila, although there is a chance that it could begin to turn north, causing it to side swipe the Philippines.
  • Radar is detecting a lot of rain within the storm, so we can expect flooding once it makes landfall and dumps the rain onto the land.
  • Storm surge is expected to be around 1.1 meters which is 3.6 foot. This will only effect coastal areas that are close to the center of the storm.
    Updated at 6:21pm from previous prediction of 1.4 meters.
  • There is a likelihood that there will be brownouts as some electric cables may fail due to the wind and heavy rain.


As always, you should make some preparations by charging all your electrical devices and torches, obtaining spare batteries and getting some dry clothes and towels in a plastic bag. Observe local government and evacuate if instructed to do so.


The images below are straight from the source and are updated frequently so that you have the very latest information from the storms progression and storm models to predict its path and strength.

NOAA Satellite Image

NOAA Satellite Image of Hagupit

Weather Underground Storm Path Model

Weather Underground Storm Path Model of Hagupid

Weather Underground Storm Path Model

Another good resource is the Joint Research Center which details storms, earthquakes, floods and more.

I will be updating this post whenever updates are available or until my power goes out.

As it is likely the power will go out, I will add some twitter accounts below that will help you get the latest info.






8 Comments on Latest Hagupit/Ruby Tropical Storm info (UPDATED 7:30am)

  1. Typhoon Ruby has made landfall over Dolores at 9:15pm (local time) on the evening of December 6th.

    According to weather bureau PAGASA, Typhoon Ruby will make landfall at least six times from Saturday to Monday.

    1st landfall: Dolores, Eastern Samar
    Saturday, between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    2nd landfall: Masbate
    Sunday, between 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.

    3rd landfall: Sibuyan Island
    Sunday, between 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

    4th landfall: Romblon
    Sunday, between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

    5th landfall: Tablas Island
    Sunday, between 8 p.m. to 10 p.m.

    6th landfall: Oriental Mindoro
    Monday, between 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

  2. THE National Grid Corporation of the Philippines (NGCP) said power in Northern Samar and Eastern Samar went down Saturday, as Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) passed the area.

    “NGCP’s power transmission service in Northern Samar is affected by Typhoon Ruby due to the tripping at 12:12 p.m. of the 69kV Palanas cara-Catarman-Bobolosan/Allen lines transmitting power to the NORSAMELCO,” the agency said on its Twitter account.

    “NGCP’s power transmission service in Eastern Samar is affected by typhoon Ruby due to the tripping at 11:04 a.m. of the 69kV Taft Feeder transmitting power to the ESAMELCO,” NGCP added.

    The nation’s grid operator said restoration measures will start as soon as the weather permits.

  3. At least 10 lines of the National Grid Corp. of the Philippines in Luzon and Visayas had been affected by Ruby as of Saturday night, with only one line restored so far.

    In its 11 p.m. update, the NGCP said the typhoon has downed the following lines:

    • Pitogo-Mulanay 69-kV line, covering Mulanay, Macalelon and Catanauan in Quezon, out since 9:42 a.m. Saturday
    • Daraga-Sorsogon 69-kV line, Sorsogo province, out since 7:53 p.m.
    • Palanas-Cara-Allen 69-kV line, covering Allen, Victoria, San Isidro and Lavezares in Northern Samar, out since 12:12 p.m.
    • Paranas-Borongan 69-kV line, covering Sulat, Taft, Can-avid, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad,
    • Maslog, Borongan, San Julian, Maydolong, Llorente, Salcedo,
    • Guiuan, MacArthur, Hernani, Quinapundan, Giporlos, Balangiga, Lawaan in Eastern Samar, out since 11:04 a.m.
    • Sara-Balasan 69-kV Line, parts of Iloilo, out since 1:44 p.m.
    • Babatgnon-Arado 69-kV Line, covering Tacoban City, Palo, Babatgnon, out since 2:50 p.m.
    • Palanas Cara-Catarman 69-kV Line, covering Catubig, Gamas, Lao-ang, Pambuhan, Palapag, Las Navas, Bobon, Catarman, Mondragon, San Roque, Rosario, San Jose, Lope de Vega in Northern Samar, out since 2:36 p.m.
    • Nasaug-San Isidro-St. Bernard covering Sogod, Bontoc, Libagon, Silago, Lio-an, St. Bernard, San Juan, Anahawan, Hinundayan, Hinunangan, San Francisco, Pintuyan, San Ricardo, out since 3:19 p.m.
    • Milagro-Tunga, Tunga, Leyte, restored at 7:36 p.m.
    • Panit-an-Sara 69-kV line, covering Sara, Balasan, Estancia, out since 9:28 p.m.
  4. Masbate braces for second landfall at around 10am which is currently on a Signal No.1 Alert.

    Latest Projected Path

    Doppler Radar showing heaviest rain within the storm

  5. Mon Isberto, spokesman of telecommunications giant Smart, confirmed that Smart’s signal “is down” in Borongan, Eastern Samar, “and the towns north of it.”

    While Isberto did not identify the other towns that lost cellphone signals, the towns north of Borongan include San Julian, Sulat, Taft, Can-avid, Dolores, Oras, and San Policarpo.

    Rappler’s team in Pambujan, Northern Samar, has been unable to use their Smart and Globe numbers since around 10 pm on Saturday.


  6. Latest data shows that the storm had dropped to below 70mph, making it a tropical storm and not a Category 1 storm.
    Expect rain and wind. The image below shows the latest info from the doppler radar, highlighting the heaviest rain within the storm.
    Hagupitin doppler

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