‘Ursula’ now a typhoon, Signal #3 hoisted over Eastern Visayas
Marje Pelayo • December 24, 2019 • 370
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 – 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 – Authorities are still looking for Alvin Bantugan, a crew of F/B Gemver 1, more than a week after the onset of Typhoon Ursula in Occidental Mindoro.
According to his wife Hazel, he was looking after their motor banca when large waves came ashore and washed him away along with the sea vessel.
“Kalmang kalma iyon, tapos biglang dalawang bugso (The sea was calm that day. Suddenly, the waves went wild),” she said.
“Doon po siya naanod, sa unahan daw po siya ng bangkang GemVer 1. Bigla na lang po iyong tumaob. Bukod tangi po siyang hindi nakikita sa mga tauhan, (That’s when he was washed away. The motor banca turned upside down over him. He was the only one left missing),” she added.
Aside from his missing husband, Hazel is also worried because no one would help her repair the damages caused by the typhoon to their house.
“Sana po matulungan ni Mayor kami na makita ang aking asawa, (I pray that our Mayor can help us search for my husband),” she asked.
“At matulungan niya ako dahil sira pa rin po ang aking bahay (I also ask for help in the repair my house,)” she added.
F/B Gemver 1 was the same sea vessel involved in the controversial maritime incident with a Chinese vessel in West Philippine Sea last year.
It took five months to repair the vessel’s damage before it was able to venture out again at sea. – MNP (with reports from Von San Pedro)
MANILA, Philippines – The death toll from Typhoon Ursula has climbed to 47 while 9 others remain missing.
Meanwhile, a total of 143 individuals were injured, according to authorities.
Based on the latest data gathered by the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC), more than a million families (1.979M) were affected by the weather system.
Also, a total of 27, 263 families remain in evacuation centers.
Typhoon Ursula has left more than one billion pesos-worth of damage to agriculture and infrastructure.
Because of the extent of damage, 10 municipalities are now under a state of calamity, specifically the town of San Jose in Occidental Mindoro; Kalibo in Aklan; Libertad in Antique; Sigma in Capiz; Carles and Concepcion in Iloilo.
Also, under a state of calamity are the cities of Madridejos in Cebu; Borongan in Eastern Samar; Tacloban City in Leyte; and Daram in Samar.
Meanwhile, the government is currently working on providing the needs of those affected by the typhoon. MNP (with details from Vincent Arboleda)
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