As you may know, the Philippines suffered major devastation last year due to Super Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda). Cities were wiped out and thousands of people died. Many places still have not recovered from the aftermath. Now, there’s another super typhoon headed our way.
Here’s a clip from an article posted yesterday at interaksyon.com:
MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon “Hagupit” (local name: “Ruby”) is officially this year’s strongest storm and could intensify even further before making landfall, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration said Friday morning.
Soon after, Interior Secretary Manuel Roxas, at a briefing of the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, said Hagupit had become a “super typhoon.”
The latest data from PAGASA showed Hagupit bearing winds of 215 kilometers per hour with gusts of up to 250 kph — as strong as typhoon “Ompong” (international name: “Vongfong”), which entered the Philippine area of responsibility in October but did not make landfall.
Hagupit is also slated to be the most powerful storm to hit land this year.
People are still traumatized by the events of last year and the impending arrival of Typhoon Hagupit is throwing a lot of them into panic. On the other hand, there are those who believe that we’re better prepared now thanks to what happened with Typhoon Yolanda. Typhoon Hagupit is expected to make landfall in Eastern Samar later this evening, which means we probably won’t feel it here in Laguna until tomorrow afternoon. I read online that Hagupit’s wind speeds are less compared to Yolanda, but it’s still very strong. Also, it’s travelling very slowly, which means it will stay in a certain location for longer periods of time. Everyone is worried about how much devastation Hagupit will bring to the Philippins. There’s not really much we can do right now but hope and pray for the best.