Thursday, December 4, 2014

Super Typhoon 'Hagupit' Ruby Raises Fears of Another Tragedy

By Alon Calinao Dy: There is now another fear that a similar Typhoon as Yolanda would hit the regions of Visayas, particularly the Eastern Samar and Tacloban City. Many people from these possible affected areas have moved into the nearby towns and city like San Jorge, Catbalogan, and Calbayog City.

Photo taken at Hometown's Hotel in Gandara, Samar yesterday

Photo Taken at Hometown's Hotel in Gandara, Samar today

I watched the weather conditions yesterday as I visited some of my relatives in Gandara, Samar. As I noticed, there were unpredictable conditions in the way that you'd expect light rains in the morning and a little bit sunny in the afternoon.

I am today experiencing a windy weather with no rainfall, but people are fearful of heavy rain and strong wind as it may lead to floodings, damaging winds, mudslides, and storm surge like what happened to Super Typhoon Yolanda last year. 

That's why many people all over the place have purchased some food commodities for the whole weekend, and other people who hailed from Tacloban City and some places in Eastern Samar have stayed in the hotels of Catbalogan and Calbayog City to ensure their safety.

According to Philippine state weather bureau PAGASA this morning at about 8 a.m.,  it has sustained winds of 190 kph as it is getting closer to the Visayas islands.

Although some reports stated that the most affected areas are in Eastern and Northern Samar, my grandma asked our relatives to secure themselves by transferring to our place in Gandara, where we still have mountains to protect us from storm surge and other disasters. 

It is also expected that Typhoon Ruby will make landfall over the Eastern Samar-Northern Samar area on Saturday, and it is possible that my flight from Calbayog to Manila on Sunday morning will be cancelled. 

As Typhoon Hagupit continued to strike closer to possible most affected areas in Northern and Eastern Visayas regions, please join me to pray for our brothers and sisters that no one will be hurt in this natural calamity.