Typhoon Hagupit, locally known as ‘Ruby’ is expected to pound certain areas in the Philippines for three days, as per latest reports from the weather bureau PAGASA. #RubyPH

The Visayas region will particularly feel the intensity of Ruby’s strong winds, heavy rainfall and possible storm surges as it makes landfall starting Saturday night or Sunday morning over the Eastern Samar- Northern Samar area. Its path would cross central Visayas before exiting Mindoro and into Philippine Sea on Monday.

UPDATE: Typhoon Ruby Will Strike Philippines for 3 Days with some 15km ThunderStorm in EyeWall
On PAGASA’s reports as of 11 pm Friday, Ruby currently has strength of 195 kph maximum sustained winds, so a storm signal number four would be raised on cities and provinces in its direct path. In addition, the typhoon slowed down towards west at 10 kph which would further prolong rain, winds and storm surges. 

“The GPM satellite flew almost directly above dangerous typhoon Hagupit on December 5, 2014 at 1032 UTC as the typhoon was approaching the Philippines. The GPM Microwave Imager (GMI) instrument measured rain falling at a rate of over 76 mm (almost 3 inches) per hour in the typhoon’s eye wall.

This animated 3-D view of Hagupit’s pred rain falling at a rate of over 76 mm (almost 3 inches) per hour in the typhoon’s eye wall.ecipitation structure was made using data from the Ku band on GPM’s dual frequency radar instrument (DPR). DPR showed that some tall thunderstorm in Hagiput’s eye wall were reaching heights of almost 15 km (about 9.3 miles).” – NASA

In a report by Hawaii-based Joint Typhoon Watch Center (JTWC), Ruby has further strengthen and falls into the category of a super typhoon. JTWC predicts that by Saturday, Ruby would reach its peak at 250 kph with a ten-minute sustained winds and 305 kph gusts. The Japan Meteorological Ageny (JMA) in Asia-Pacific also raised the said typhoon’s status to ‘violent typhoon’.

Although many felt relieved that the storm has weaken, US weather forecasters assume that the typhoon only underwent an eyewall replacement cycle but strengthened once again after gaining a new eyewall.

UPDATE: Albay state of calamity now

UPDATE: Albay state of calamity now ruby images

Meanwhile, reports of panic-buying and forced evacuation had been surrounding many areas of Eastern Visayas, the same region that was devastated by super typhoon Haiyan a year ago. President Benigno Aquino has ordered vigilance from all concerned local government unit to prevent or even minimize the impending disasters and threats by the storm.

Netizens, on the other hand, had been circling prayer brigades all-over social medias like Twitter and Facebook for divine intervention against the storm.