Philippines Prepares for Typhoon Hagupit

Just 13 months after Super Typhoon Haiyan devastated the central Philippines, another storm nearly as strong is bearing down on the nation. Typhoon Hagupit, also known as “Ruby”,  is packing sustained winds of up to 143 miles per hour. (143 miles per hour  = 231 kilometers per hour).

While not quite as strong as last year’s Typhoon Haiyan, what makes this storm just as dangerous is it’s unpredictable nature. Forecasts of Hagupit’s path and severity vary widely.

Typhoon Hagupit’s exact path uncertain
One predicted path of typhoon Hagupit
Predicted path of typhoon Hagupit
Another possible path of typhoon Hagupit

Differing models  place its path anywhere from as far South as the central Visayas, or as far North as the main island of Luzon. Several predictions forecast the storm to pass directly through the capital city of Manila. This would in effect cripple the city, shutting down major transportation hubs and government services. A disaster in the capital city could also delay relief efforts throughout the entire nation.

Disaster Preparation

Butuan chief meteorological officer Lolita Vinalay warned residents to be ready for the typhoon. “Let us be very vigilant. Prepare canned goods, emergency lights, matches, water, gadgets/cellphone, mobile charger, radio, & other equipment. Keep monitoring.” the state-run Philippine Information Agency quoted her as saying.


In addition, reminds readers to have fresh batteries and fully charged devices before the storm. Remember that cell phone service will be one of the first things that will be lost during a disaster, as well as electricity. We suggest portable 2 way radios for communications. A portable AM/FM radio is probably the best source of news after a major disaster. Remember, always be prepared for disasters like this. You should always have a disaster kit prepared for such events. The last thing you want to be doing before a disaster is shopping for hard to find supplies when store shelves are bare!


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