‘Ursula’ gains strength, more areas under Signal #2 – PAGASA
Marje Pelayo • December 24, 2019 • 323
MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA hoisted tropical cyclone wind signal (TCWS) number 1 over several areas in Luzon and Visayas as severe tropical storm ‘Ursula’ continues to intensify.
As of 7:00 AM on Tuesday (December 24), the weather disturbance was located at 250 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, moving towards the westward direction at 30 kph with maximum sustained winds of 100 kph and gustiness of up to 125 kph.
TS Ursula is expected to make landfall over Eastern Samar this afternoon or evening.
As such, PAGASA said, there remains a possibility that portions of Eastern Visayas will be placed under TCWS #3.
Suspension of maritime activities may be expected in areas under TCWS as rough sea conditions will prevail starting today specifically over the eastern seaboards of the country.
Similar sea conditions will be experienced this afternoon or tonight over the inland waters of Southern Luzon and Visayas while tomorrow afternoon over the western seaboards of Southern Luzon.
Thus, sea travel is risky over these areas.
The following are the areas affected by TCWS:
SIGNAL #2 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)
Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
SIGNAL #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)
MANILA, Philippines – State weather agency PAGASA is monitoring a low-pressure area (LPA) near the southern island of Mindanao.
As of 4:00 a.m. Thursday (February 6), the weather system was located at 705 k.m. east of Davao City.
The trough of the LPA is currently bringing cloudy skies with scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms in areas of Visayas, CARAGA, Northern Mindanao and the entire Davao Region.
Meanwhile, the Northeast Monsoon (Amihan) is seen affecting Luzon particularly Cagayan Valley, Cordillera Administrative Region, Bicol Region, Aurora, and Quezon where cloudy skies with light rains can be observed.
Partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers will prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon due to Amihan.
Similar conditions will also be experienced in other areas of Mindanao due to localized thunderstorms.
MANILA, Philippines – State weather service PAGASA forecast slight weakening of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone) as it further moves west-northwestward over the West Philippine Sea.
As of 10:00 AM Thursday (December 26), the weather system was located at 235 km Northwest of Coron, Palawan with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
Still, tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) #1 remains hoisted over the northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island and Calamian Islands where winds of up to 30 to 60 kph is expected to prevail in 36 hours.
Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures for possible landslides and flashfloods while sea travel remains at high risk over the seaboards of areas under Signal #1 due to rough sea conditions.
Meanwhile, PAGASA already lifted for Bataan, Cavite, Batangas, Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.
Through the day, light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains will prevail over northern portion of Palawan including Calamian Islands and Lubang Island.
Central Luzon, Metro Manila, Rizal, and Northern Quezon, likewise, will experience cloudy skies with scattered rains.
According to PAGASA, Ursula is expected to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (28 December) morning.
Typhoon Ursula has slightly slowed down and is now over the West Philippine Sea.
In a bulletin issued at 5:00 am on Thursday (December 26), the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said “Ursula” was located 155km northwest of Coron, Palawan.
It is now moving west northwest at 15 kph and packing maximum sustained winds of 130 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph.
Tropical cyclone wind signal is now lifted for the northwestern portions of Aklan and Antique, western portion of Romblon, Marinduque, southwestern portion of Quezon, Laguna, and some portions of extreme northern Palawan including Cuyo Islands.
Signal No. 2 is up over Calamian Islands (Coron, Culion, Busuanga).
Meanwhile, the following areas have been placed under Signal No. 1:
Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
and the rest of extreme northern Palawan (Linapacan,El Nido)
PAGASA says occasional to frequent heavy rains will prevail over Calamian Islands and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains can be expected over Oriental Mindoro, rest of extreme northern Palawan, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, and Central Luzon.
Residents in these areas are advised to take appropriate measures to reduce the potential impact of flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas identified to be highly to very highly susceptible to these hazards.
Rough sea conditions will prevail over the seaboards of areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal. Sea travel remains risky over these areas.
“Ursula” is forecast to exit the Philippine Area of Responsibility (PAR) on Saturday (28 December) morning.
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