Dec 062014

Eastern Samar starts to feel Rubys rain, winds; evacuations continue

Eastern Samar starts to feel Ruby’s rain, winds; evacuations continue . A satellite photo taken and released by EUMETSAT on Friday, December 5, shows Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit) closing in on Samar Island. Eastern Samar started to experience heavy rains and strong winds from Ruby Saturday morning, even as the government continued evacuation efforts for thousands of people. Many also sought shelter in churches, schools and makeshift facilities. AFP/EUMETSAT 2014

At least six domestic airports in Eastern Visayas and Bicol were closed Saturday due to bad weather conditions from Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit), as opposed to the previous four.

Civil Aviation Authority of the Philippines deputy director general Rodante Joya told radio dzBB’s Sam Nielsen the airports have been secured for Ruby’s wrath.

  • Calbayog
  • Legaspi
  • Catarman
  • Naga
  • Masbate
  • Tacloban
Joya said the airport fire trucks had been moved to a safe place while communication equipment was covered to protect them from rain.
He said the CAAP will inspect the airports before allowing them to resume operations.

Parts of Bicol and Eastern Visayas are under storm signals due to Ruby, which is expected to make landfall on Eastern Visayas before dawn Sunday.

The Department of Transportation and Communications have also canceled flights to and from Masbate, Surigao and Catarman in Northern Samar earlier in the day.

At least 29 areas have been placed under storm signals – including the areas where the closed airports are located – before noon Saturday as Ruby continues to move toward central Philippines. — Joel Locsin/VC, GMA News

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