Typhoon Ruby - Oct 1988

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Typhoon Ruby made landfall over central Luzon early on 25 October and entered the South China Sea later that morning, passing about 70 km to the south-southwest of Baguio. The death toll on land was over 130 and financial losses totalled over US$50 million. Ruby weakened into a severe tropical storm on 27 October and degenerated further into a tropical storm early on 28 October under the influence of strengthening northeast monsoon. That afternoon, it swept across Hainan. Two people were killed and about 133 million RMB of damage was incurred. Ruby finally weakened into an area of low pressure over the sea areas to the southwest of the island on 29 October. During the passage of Ruby over the South China Sea, high seas associated with the outer circulation of Ruby affected the coast of Fujian Province and caused financial damage of about 37 million RMB. (Government of Hong Kong SAR, September 1989

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