‘Ursula’ now a typhoon, Signal #3 hoisted over Eastern Visayas
Marje Pelayo • December 24, 2019 • 946
MANILA, Philippines – The weather disturbance located east of the country has developed into a typhoon, state weather service PAGASA said Tuesday afternoon (December 24).
As of 1:00 PM, the eye of Typhoon Ursula (International name Phanfone) was spotted at 95 kilometers East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar, moving westward at 20 kph with maximum winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph.
‘Ursula’ is forecast to bring occasional to frequent heavy rains over Dinagat Islands, Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, northern and central Cebu, northern Negros Provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras and Romblon between this afternoon until tomorrow morning.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, will prevail over the rest of Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of the Visayas and Surigao del Norte.
PAGASA has raised tropical cyclone wind signal #3 over several areas in the Visayas where winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours:
and Camotes Islands
Meanwhile, the following areas remain under TCWS #2 due to Typhoon Ursula:
Southern portion of Quezon
Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands
Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan
Southern Leyte and extreme Northern Negros Occidental
These areas may expect winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph in at least 24 hours.
TWCS #1 or winds of 30-60 kph in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains within 36 hours may be expected over the following areas:
MANILA, Philippines – Cloudy skies with rainshowers due to a low pressure area (LPA) and the Southwest Monsoon (Habagat) are expected to prevail over several parts of Luzon and Visayas, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Thursday.
In its daily weather forecast, PAGASA said scattered rainshowers and thunderstorms may be experienced over Isabela, Aurora, Quezon Province including Polillo Island, Bicol Region, Northern Samar, MIMAROPA and Western Visayas.
The agency warned residents against possible flashfloods and landslides during severe thunderstorms.
At 3 p.m., PAGASA spotted the LPA 440 kilometers east northeast of Casiguran, Aurora.
Meanwhile, localized thunderstorms may bring partly cloudy to cloudy skies with isolated rainshowers or thunderstorms over Metro Manila and the rest of the country.
Flashfloods and landslides are also possible, the weather agency added.
Expect longer nights and shorter days after the occurrence of autumnal equinox last Tuesday night (September 22), according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).
An equinox in Latin, means ‘equal night’. PAGASA explained that it is when day and night are of approximately equal duration all over the planet. After the autumnal equinox, the country will experience longer nights and shorter days due to the Sun traversing its shortest path of the year at the time of the winter solstice.
“Philippine nights will be longer as the sun moves below the celestial equator towards the southern hemisphere,” PAGASA said.
PAGASA also clarified that the equinox will not affect the change of temperature in the country. AAC
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