Typhoon Hagupit Forces Evacuation Along Eastern Philippines

Typhoon Hagupit

Typhoon Hagupit, also known as Typhoon Ruby has caused more than half a million people to be evacuated along eastern coast of Philippines.

One year ago Typhoon Haiyan wrecked the city of Tacloban, killing thousands. It is unfortunate that such residents are dealing with the same problem so soon, but fortunately no casualties have yet to be reported from Typhoon Hagupit. So far 650,000  people are fleeing from the coastal villages to avoid a similar fate.

Typhoon Hagupit is addressed locally as Ruby. When Typhoon Hangupit reached the waters of the east Philippines the country’s weather agency dubbed it Ruby because the Philippines follow an alphabetical list that is separate from the international list. The gusts of Ruby reached up to 130 mph or 210 km/h while ordinary winds were about 30 mph slower.

The Japan Meteorological Agency identified Ruby as a violent typhoon, which is the most dangerous classification on their scale. The storm should be weakening slightly, as the agency has changed their identification down to very strong Typhoon.

 

By Garret Jutte
Sources
BBC
Weather

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