Just in from Weather.com: Supertyphoon "Hagupit" (known in the Philippines as Ruby, even if Hagupit is a Filipino term meaning "wallop") has slowed down it's pace as it nears Eastern Visayas, but still packs 270km/h winds near the center.

That's the satellite image from Weather.com, and it's pretty easy to see what this storm is and why it's named from a superlative adjective.

"Hagupit" slowed considerably, from 30km/h to just 18km/h as of 7:00pm Manila time, but still carries 270km/h (167.7 mph) winds near the eye, with gustiness that can go up to the tune of 320 km/h (200 mph).

(image credit: US Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center)

The Category 5 storm, which got to it's intensity at a startling rate, has the power to make powerful storm surges, with an estimated 5.5 to 7 meters (18-22 ft.) of waves, but even worse is the fact that the hurricane can rip apart everything citizens at the Samar-Leyte area have built up 13 months after the much stronger Supertyphoon Haiyan brought devastation there.

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Evacuations and preparations have been going on in the provinces that are at the gunpoint of the superstorm,

Below is Weather.com's three-day forecast, which might change after a few hours:

FRIDAY AFTERNOON: Continues to intensify as it traverses the central-southern part of the Philippine Sea...about 415 km east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar [2PM DEC 05: 11.6N 129.2E @ 270kph].

SATURDAY AFTERNOON: Reaches its peak wind strength as it slows down while approaching the coast of Northeastern Samar...about 140 km east-northeast of Borongan City, Eastern Samar [2PM DEC 06: 12.0N 126.6E @ 260kph].

SUNDAY AFTERNOON: Weakens slightly after making landfall over Northern Samar...over San Bernardino Strait...and lands anew on the southern tip of Sorsogon...about 50 km south-southeast of Sorsogon City [2PM DEC 07: 12.6N 124.2E @ 240kph].

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Simply seeing the numbers made my stomach rumble, but what twisted it is what I imagine the carnage this storm will leave. Sure, forecasters have said that this storm isn't as strong as Haiyan, but, like I said, Eastern Visayas will be left with a few crumbs at the least when Hagupit is gone.

More as I have it, but can someone please get this on Jalopnik with a proper news writer? I need professional help.