Ursula slows down; storm signals in some areas lifted

UNTV News   •   December 26, 2019   •   464

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:

  • Bataan
  • Cavite
  • Batangas
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • 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.

T. Ursula puts over 23,000 passengers stranded in terminals, ports nationwide

Maris Federez   •   December 25, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ursula has put several international and domestic flights and trips on land and sea canceled on Wednesday (Dec. 25).

The National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council (NDRRMC) data showed that more than 3,000 Roll-on Roll-off (RORO) and cargo vessels, 157 merchant vessels, and 46 motorbancas were stranded in different seaports in the country.

According to NDRRMC Spokesperson Mark Timbal, 63 domestic flights had been canceled due to Typhoon Ursula as of 12 noon Wednesday.

“Medyo lumakas po itong bagyo at yung mga dinaanan ni Tisoy noon parang ito rin yung dinalaw po ni bagyong Ursula,” Timbal said.

This left about 23,739 passengers stranded in several bus terminal, sea ports and airports across the country.

The onslaught of Typhoon Ursula has also caused several areas in the Visayas flooded.

Moreover, the strong winds brought by Typhoon Ursula left damage in a mall in Roxas City.

“Yung mga kasamahan po natin sa ground yung mga nasa Region 8 ay nagsisimula na po silang magconduct ng damage assessment dun sa area,” Timbal added.

The NDRRMC remains on standby for the latest situation report on Typhoon Ursula from the rest of the country. –(from the report of Vincent Arboleda) /mbmf

Typhoon Ursula makes landfall over Salcedo, Eastern Samar

Marje Pelayo   •   December 24, 2019

MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ursula has made landfall over Salcedo, Eastern Samar at 4:45 PM today (December 24).

According to PAGASA’s 4:00 PM bulletin, the eye of the typhoon was located at 20 km East Northeast of Guiuan, Eastern Samar while moving westward at 25 kph.

It is packed with maximum sustained winds of 120 kph and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

PAGASA said Typhoon Ursula is bringing violent winds over the southern portion of Eastern Samar and is likely to affect Biliran, the southern portion of Samar, and the northern portion of Leyte in the coming hours.

The state weather agency said moderate to strong winds are expected over Bicol Region and portions of Central Visayas tonight.

Similar conditions will be experienced in CALABARZON, and portions of MIMAROPA and Western Visayas tomorrow morning.

Meanwhile, Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Bataan will experience moderate to strong winds tomorrow afternoon which may cause light damage to medium to high-risk structures.

PAGASA warned destructive typhoon force winds to begin affecting areas under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) #3 specifically in Masbate including Ticao Islands and portions of Northern Cebu late evening.

This condition may cause heavy damage to high-risk structures in the affected areas.

Meanwhile, damaging gale to storm-force winds are expected to begin affecting areas under Signal #2 which include Albay, Sorsogon, Romblon, Aklan, Capiz and portions of Antique, Iloilo, and rest of northern Cebu tonight; in Marinduque, the southern portion of Quezon, Mindoro Provinces tomorrow morning.

This may bring light to moderate damage to high-risk structures and at most light damage to medium-risk structures.

Meanwhile, PAGASA also warned against a storm surge of up to two meters that may affect the several coastal areas of Eastern Samar, Northern Samar, and Leyte.

Thus, sea travel remains risky over these areas because of rough sea conditions that will prevail starting today over the eastern seaboards of the country; this afternoon or tonight over the inland waters of Southern Luzon and Visayas and tomorrow afternoon over the western seaboards of Southern Luzon.

The following areas have TCWS in effect:

Signal #3 (Winds of greater than 121 kph up to 170 kph may be expected in at least 18 hours.)

Luzon

  • Masbate including Ticao Island

Visayas

  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • Extreme Northern Cebu including Camotes Island

Signal #2 (Winds of greater than 61 kph and up to 120 kph may be expected in at least 24 hours.)

Luzon

  • Southern portion of Quezon
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Romblon
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias Island
  • Calamian and Cuyo Islands

Visayas

  • Central portion of northern Cebu
  • Northeastern Iloilo
  • Northern Antique
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • Southern Leyte and northern Negros Occidental

Mindanao

  • Dinagat 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.)

Luzon

  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • rest of Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
  • northern Palawan

Visayas

  • Rest of Cebu
  • Bohol
  • Siquijor
  • the rest of Antique
  • the rest of Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Negros Oriental
  • The rest of Negros Occidental

Mindanao

  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  • Bucas Grande Islands

‘Ursula’ gains strength, more areas under Signal #2 – PAGASA

Marje Pelayo   •   December 24, 2019

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.)

Luzon

  1. Romblon
  2. Albay
  3. Sorsogon
  4. Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands

Visayas

  1. Northern Samar
  2. Eastern Samar
  3. Samar
  4. Leyte
  5. Biliran
  6. Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands
  7. Northeastern Iloilo
  8. Northern Antique
  9. Capiz
  10. Aklan

SIGNAL #1 (Winds of 30-60 kph may be expected in at least 36 hours or intermittent rains may be expected within 36 hours.)

Luzon

  1. Bulacan
  2. Bataan
  3. Metro Manila
  4. Rizal
  5. Cavite
  6. Quezon
  7. Laguna
  8. Batangas
  9. Camarines Sur
  10. Camarines Norte
  11. Catanduanes
  12. Marinduque
  13. Romblon
  14. Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  15. Oriental Mindoro
  16. Calamian Islands
  17. Cuyo Islands

Visayas

  1. Southern Leyte
  2. The rest of northern Cebu
  3. Central Cebu
  4. Northeastern Bohol
  5. The rest of Antique
  6. The rest of Iloilo
  7. Guimaras
  8. Northern Negros Occidental
  9. Northern Negros Oriental

Mindanao

  1. Dinagat Islands
  2. Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  3. Bucas Grande Islands

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