The International Disaster Response Network
Typhoon Hagupit, also known as Typhoon Ruby, entered the area late on December 3, in the same time it was upgraded into a Category 5 super typhoon. With this, the NDRRMC reported that schools were suspended in the areas: Samar, Biliran and Tacloban during December 4–5. On December 5, the NDRRMC had put up Signal Warnings #1 and 2 from the lower part of Luzon to the upper part of Mindanao. Rough seas and gale force winds were warned over the seaboards over the eastern part of the country. The Department of Health will be under Code Red alert at DOH-retained hospitals in regions expected to be hit by the typhoon starting on December 6. In the same time, PAGASA has put up a Signal #3 warnings over Samar and they are expecting a storm surge up to 4 metres high.Residents in at least 42 areas in Bicol and Visayas may have to take precautionary measures against possible storm surges due to Typhoon Ruby (Hagupit). As of 7:30 a.m. Project NOAH said three of the 42 are under Storm Surge Advisory (SSA) 3, 11 are under SSA 2, and the rest are under SSA 1. SSA 3 involves waves of up to four meters above sea level; SSA 2 three meters; and SSA 1 two meters. It was also reported that schools and businesses were closed from December 5–6 in places in Visayas and southern Luzon
Typhoon Hagupit has made landfall in the town of Dolores in the eastern Philippines. The storm knocked out electricity and felled trees in the area, though no casualties have been reported. Over half a million have fled coastal villages in the past few days ahead of the storm's arrival. The typhoon is on course for the city of Tacloban, where thousands were killed by Typhoon Haiyan a year ago.It has weakened slightly but gusts are still peaking at 195km/h (120mph).