Updates on Typhoon ‘Ruby’

AS OF PRESS TIME, PAGASA declared a second landfall of Typhoon ‘Ruby’ (Hagupit) in Cataingan, Masbate. Within the next 24 hours, Metro Manila will face the typhoon a worst-case scenario: Signal No. 2. By Wednesday, December 10, the typhoon will exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility.

Comparing to her old sister, Typhoon ‘Yolanda’ (Haiyan) last year, the wind speed is a third lesser (i.e. about more than 200 km/h than 315 km/h) but the duration of her stay will be longer (i.e. three days than Yolanda’s whole day).

Last night, when most TV networks go on with their schedule as usual except 9TV where Jing Magsaysay was hosting the special coverage of the countdown to landfall. When PAGASA declared the first landfall at 9:15 p.m. in Dolores, Eastern Samar – 116 kilometers slightly north of Guiuan — GMA would rather continue the “Despedida de Soltera” episode of the six-month dance show “Marian.” GMA News TV did not even move a muscle to cover the first effects of the typhoon in the Samar islands except for the news advisory.

Earlier this morning, PTV 4 started airing the coverage of the 2014 annual Christmas typhoon with Kirby Cristobal and 9TV again with Mai Rodriguez. IBC did not take any move, not even a simulcast from her older sister in Visayas Avenue. On DZMM Teleradyo, Atom Araullo once again shines in covering the tremendous effects of the storm in Calbayog City, Eastern Samar. Other networks continue their Sunday schedules with frequent news updates, unlike the developments made last year in ‘Yolanda’, although, Mr. James Ty posted that 8 p.m. onward tonight, the special coverage of the current typhoon on GMA News TV.

The Turf, joining with the Philippine television monitors, will continue to cover the developments of the supertyphoon.

Stay safe.

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