Typhoon Ursula off to Masbate-Panay after 3 landfalls

Acor Arceo
Typhoon Ursula off to Masbate-Panay after 3 landfalls
PAGASA says Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) has made landfall thrice, so far – in Eastern Samar, Leyte, and Biliran

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MANILA, Philippines – Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) began to move toward the Masbate-Panay area late Tuesday evening, December 24, after making landfall in Eastern Visayas 3 times.

In a briefing past 11 pm on Tuesday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said Ursula is already in the vicinity of Calubian, Leyte, and heading next for Masbate-Panay.

The typhoon slightly slowed down, now moving west northwest at 25 kilometers per hour (km/h) from the previous 30 km/h.

These are the areas where Ursula has made landfall, so far:

The typhoon maintained its maximum winds of 130 km/h late Tuesday evening, but its gustiness increased to 200 km/h from the previous 180 km/h.

PAGASA warned that Ursula’s eyewall is bringing very destructive winds and intense rainfall to the southwestern part of Samar, northern part of Leyte, and Biliran. It earlier slammed into Eastern Samar.

The World Meteorological Organization defines the eyewall as “an organized band or ring of cumulonimbus clouds that surround the eye, or light-wind center of a tropical cyclone.”

“The passage of the eye in some of the aforementioned areas will bring calm conditions. However, as soon as the eye moves out of the area, violent conditions will resume as the trailing eyewall passes,” PAGASA said.

Below is the latest list of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals. (READ: Why is it now called tropical cyclone ‘wind’ – and not ‘warning’ – signals?)

Signal No. 3 (winds of 121 km/h to 170 km/h)

  • Masbate including Ticao Island
  • Romblon
  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • extreme northern part of Cebu including Bantayan and Camotes Islands (Daanbantayan, Medellin, Bogo City, Tabogon, San Remigio, Bantayan, Sta Fe, Madridejos, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, Pilar)
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • northern part of Antique (Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao)
  • northeastern part of Iloilo (Lemery, Sara, Concepcion, San Dionisio, Batad, Estancia, Balasan, Carles)

Signal No. 2 (winds of 61 km/h to 120 km/h)

  • southern part of Quezon (Mulanay, San Narciso, San Andres, San Francisco)
  • Marinduque
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Albay
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias Island
  • Calamian Islands
  • Cuyo Islands
  • Southern Leyte
  • rest of the northern part of Cebu (Tabuelan, Borbon, Tuburan, Sogod, Catmon, Carmen, Asturias)
  • central part of Cebu (Danao City, Balamban, Compostela, Liloan, Consolacion, Mandaue City, Cebu City, Lapu-Lapu City, Cordova, Talisay, Minglanilla, Naga City, San Fernando, Carcar City, Aloguinsan, Pinamungahan, Toledo City)
  • rest of the northern part of Iloilo (Barotac Viejo, San Rafael, Passi City, Bingawan, Calinog, Lambunao, Dueñas, San Enrique, Banate, Anilao, Dingle, Barotac Nuevo, Pototan, Mina, Badiangan, Janiuay)
  • central part of Antique (Barbaza, Laua-an, Bugasong, Patnongon, Valderrama)
  • northern part of Negros Occidental (Talisay, Silay City, Enrique B Magalona, Victorias City, Manapla, Cadiz City, Sagay City, Escalante City, Toboso, Calatrava)

Signal No. 1 (winds of 30 km/h to 60 km/h)

  • Bulacan
  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • rest of Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
  • northern part of mainland Palawan (Linapacan, El Nido, Taytay, Araceli, Dumaran, San Vicente, Roxas)
  • rest of Cebu
  • Bohol
  • Siquijor
  • rest of Antique
  • rest of Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • rest of Negros Occidental
  • Negros Oriental
  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands

PAGASA also gave this additional outlook for winds:

Tuesday evening, December 24 (or overnight)

  • destructive typhoon-force winds in Masbate and extreme northern part of Cebu
  • damaging gale- to storm-force winds in Romblon, Marinduque, southern part of Bondoc Peninsula, and most of Western Visayas

Wednesday morning, December 25

  • destructive typhoon-force winds in Capiz, Aklan, northeastern part of Iloilo, and Romblon
  • damaging gale- to storm-force winds in Occidental Mindoro, Oriental Mindoro, Calamian Islands, and Cuyo Islands
  • moderate to strong winds in the northern part of Palawan and Calabarzon

Wednesday afternoon, December 25

  • moderate to strong winds in Metro Manila, Bulacan, and Bataan

As for rainfall, here is the latest on what to expect:

Between Tuesday evening, December 24, and Wednesday evening, December 25

  • Occasional to frequent heavy rain with intermittent intense rain
    • Eastern Visayas
    • Masbate
    • northern and central parts of Cebu
    • northern part of Negros Occidental
    • northern part of Negros Oriental
    • Aklan
    • Capiz
    • Antique
    • Iloilo
    • Guimaras
    • Romblon
    • Marinduque
    • Calamian Islands
    • Cuyo Islands
    • Occidental Mindoro
    • Oriental Mindoro
  • Light to moderate rain with intermittent heavy rain
    • Bicol
    • rest of Visayas
    • Calabarzon
    • Aurora
    • northern part of mainland Palawan

Areas in Ursula’s path must continue to watch out for possible flash floods and landslides. (READ: FAST FACTS: Tropical cyclones, rainfall advisories)

There may also be storm surges up to 2 meters high within the next 24 hours in these provinces:

  • Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • northern part of Leyte
  • Biliran
  • Masbate
  • extreme northern part of Cebu
  • northeastern part of Iloilo
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • northern part of Antique
  • Romblon
  • Marinduque
  • Occidental Mindoro
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Calamian Islands
  • Cuyo Islands

Travel remains risky in the seaboards of areas under tropical cyclone wind signals, as well as the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

The Philippine Coast Guard said there have been at least 23,789 stranded passengers in Bicol, Central Visayas, Eastern Visayas, Southern Tagalog, Northern Mindanao, Western Visayas, and Southern Visayas.

There are canceled flights for Tuesday and Wednesday as well.

Based on its latest forecast track, Ursula is expected to leave the Philippine Area of Responsibility on Friday, December 27.

Forecast track of Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone) as of December 24, 2019, 11 pm. Image from PAGASA

Ursula is the Philippines’ 21st tropical cyclone for 2019, exceeding the yearly average of 20. (READ: LIST: PAGASA’s names for tropical cyclones in 2019)

Ursula is also the second tropical cyclone for December, after Typhoon Tisoy (Kammuri). PAGASA earlier said it was expecting one or two tropical cyclones during the month.

In December 2018, the Philippines had a deadly tropical cyclone during Christmas – Tropical Depression Usman. It left 156 people dead and 105 others injured in Eastern Visayas, Bicol, and Mimaropa, according to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council.

PAGASA declared the start of the rainy season last June 14. – Rappler.com

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Acor Arceo

Acor Arceo is the head of copy and editorial standards at Rappler. Trained in both online and TV newsrooms, Acor ensures consistency in editorial standards across all sections and also supervises Rappler’s coverage of disasters.