‘Ruby’ weakens to tropical depression, makes fifth landfall in Lubang

From its downgraded status of tropical storm, Ruby has weakened further and is now classified as a tropical depression, packing maximum sustained winds of 60 km/h near the center, as of the latest weather bulletin from PAGASA, issued at 5 AM.

Photo credit: DOST/PAGASA
Photo credit: DOST/PAGASA

The tropical depression has made its fifth landfall in Lubang Island. It is steadily moving in the westward direction at 13 km/h and is expected to leave PAR by Wednesday night.

Public Storm Warning Signals

The following areas are placed under signal no. 1:

  1. Metro Manila
  2. Batangas
  3. Oriental Mindoro
  4. Occidental Mindoro
  5. Lubang Island
  6. Bataan
  7. Cavite
  8. Laguna

Public storm warning signals have been lifted from the rest of the country.

Rains, floods, landslides

PAGASA warns, however, that despite Ruby’s weakened status, the public should still be on heightened alert for floods and landslides caused by the moderate to heavy rains (5 to 15 mm/h) within the tropical depression’s 300-km diameter.

Yellow flood warning is declared at low-lying areas in Cavite and Batangas. Meanwhile, Pampanga, Bulacan, Bataan, Zambales, Metro Manila, Laguna, Rizal, Quezon, and Nueva Ecija are expected to experience light to moderate with occasional heavy rains.

Photo credit: DOST/PAGASA
Photo credit: DOST/PAGASA

Although large ships are permitted to go out to sea, caution is still advised for operators of small sea craft not to venture from the seaboards affected by the tropical depression.

Northeast monsoon

Ruby has weakened but the northeast monsoon continues to blow, causing rough seas in many areas in the seaboards of Luzon.

The monsoon could also bring strong winds and rain to some areas over land; thus, the public should still be on alert.