Nine areas have been placed under Storm Signal No. 1 before noon today as Typhoon Ruby further intensified, state weather bureau PAGASA said.
Signal No. 1 is up in Northern Samar, Eastern Samar, Samar, Biliran, Leyte, Southern Leyte, Surigao del Norte including Siargao Island, Surigao del Sur, and Dinagat Island.
PAGASA’s 11 a.m. advisory said the center of Ruby was spotted at 860 km east of Surigao City. It packs maximum sustained winds of 195 kph near the center and gusts of up to 230 kph.
The typhoon is forecast to move west-northwest at 20 kph and is expected to be at 395 km east-southeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar Friday morning.
It is expected to be at 30 km northeast of Borongan, Eastern Samar by Saturday morning and will make landfall over the Samar area before noon.
On Sunday morning, Ruby is expected to be at 20 km south-southwest of Romblon.