Super Typhoon Ruby, International Name Hagupit (which translates to “smash” in Filipino), is getting ready to hit the Philippines, and according to The Weather Channel could be potentially catastrophic. The Philippines gives its own names to typhoons once they move into Philippine waters, rather than using the international storm-naming system. Haiyan, known in the Philippines as Yolanda, was the most powerful typhoon ever recorded over land. Local news reports on TV 5 already have stated that the typhoon is bigger than Typhoon Yolanda which took over 7,000 lives and was the biggest storm to ever hit the archipelago.
The typhoon is expected to approach the eastern shores of the central Philippines on Saturday local time. During this initial period of contact with land, Hagupit will likely unleash its most powerful winds which have already been clocked at 350 kph, 217 mph. It should be at least a Category 3 equivalent tropical cyclone by that time, but could easily still be a Category 4 or 5 storm.
In areas where the wind blows onshore, a very dangerous storm surge is likely.
We’ve already made a trip yesterday to Iloilo City to stock up on supplies and we are having extra water delivered this morning to “The Farm.” Our water has not been delivered yet as the local tubig delivery service has probably been saturatyed with calls for water delivery.
We made a trip this morning in Guimaras to purchase another container of LP for 740 pesos and made a visit to the local wet market to buy fish and vegetables. The market was extremely busy as residents of our mango island province stock up on essentials before Super Typhoon Ruby hits.
Calm before the storm at “The Farm.”
Yolanda left us without power for over 19 hours but thankfully we suffered no major damage in Guimaras, the island province we call home. All of our flashlights and lanterns have been recharged. My portable fan and LED lantern has also been recharged and provides a strong enough breeze at maximum speed for four hours, enough for me to catch a few hours of rest.
I will try to keep readers posted of our situation as soon as possible. Please remember those in the path of the storm in your prayers. They will need them as many people in the area are still homeless and without any infrastructure despite the millions of dollars of foreign aid that have been poured into the area.