SUPER TYPHOON HAGUPIT
Super Typhoon Hagupit gaining strength again as it bears down on The Philippines. Landfall is expected Saturday night local time. Preparations are underway for a potentially life-threatening event. Wind speeds of 150 miles an hour, and storm surges up to 12 feet in places are expected. Flash floods are expected in many parts of the country. Super Typhoon Hagupit has been named Ruby. The latest weather models are showing that Typhoon Hagupit most likely will make landfall around the town of Lapanzi.
Super Typhoon Hagupit has been a very erratic storm. It had Super Typhoon Status on Thursday and then was downgraded on Friday morning. As of Friday night it was upgraded once again to a super storm. It has had wind speeds of up to 180 miles per hour. Currently it is tied with Super Typhoon Vongfong and Super Typhoon Nuri in October for the most powerful typhoon of 2014.
Super Typhoon Hagupit has been declared a violent typhoon by the Japan Meteorological Agency. It has been clocked with 10-minute sustained winds of 130 miles per hour, with gusts of up to 190 miles per hour.
Weather models still differ greatly but generally it is expected that Super Typhoon Hagupit will make landfall sometime Saturday evening. The most intense eye wall winds will hit Samar Island, and northern Leyte Island, which includes Tacloban City on Saturday night, continuing into Sunday, local time.
As Super Typhoon Hagupit quickly approaches the islands, residents are scrambling to make final preparations for this formidable typhoon. In Tacloban City, more than a half million people have been evacuated to the central part of the island. Tacloban City was the hardest hit area in 2013 by Super Typhoon Haiyan. Super Typhoon Haiyan did most of it’s catastrophic damage in the area of Tacloban City and many people are still living in tents.
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