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Ursula Ravages Visayas

Just recently, the Department of Science and Technology – Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration released an update regarding Typhoon Ursula (Phanfone). The update revealed that Ursula maintains its strength while traversing the northern tip of Aklan – Antique area. Here is further information from the update:

The eye is said to be at 70 km Southeast of San Jose, Occidental Mindoro(12.0°N, 121.5°E). This is based on all available data including Busuanga Doppler Radar. Strength of the typhoon: maximum sustained winds of up to 140 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 195 km/h; and moving West at 20 km/h.

The eyewall of Typhoon Ursula is bringing very destructive winds and intense rainfall over Caluya Islands. The southern portion of Mindoro Provinces will be affected by the eyewall in the coming hours. In case of the passage of the eye in some of the aforementioned areas, calm conditions will be experienced. However, as soon as the eye moves out of the area, violent conditions associated with the eyewall will resume.

Until tonight: Occasional to frequent heavy with intermittent intense rains over Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Romblon, Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands, and Mindoro Provinces. Light to moderate rains with isolated heavy rain showers during thunderstorms over Bicol Region, rest of Western Visayas, CALABARZON, Metro Manila, Marinduque, Aurora and the northern portion of mainland Palawan.

In line with this, residents 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 TCWS, as well the seaboards of Aurora, and the northern and eastern seaboards of Mindanao. Sea travel remains risky over these areas.

A storm surge of 1.0 to 2.0 meters may affect several coastal areas in northern Antique, Romblon, Marinduque, and Mindoro Provinces, Calamian Islands and Cuyo Islands in the next 24 hours. Landfalls: Salcedo, Eastern Samar (4:45 PM yesterday); Tacloban City, Leyte (7:30 PM yesterday); Cabucgayan, Biliran (9:15 PM yesterday); Gigantes Islands, Carles, Iloilo (2:30 AM today), Ibajay, Aklan (8:40 AM today), Caluya Island, Antique (1:00 PM today).

Forecast Positions
• 24 Hour (Tomorrow morning): 285 km West Northwest of Coron, Palawan (13.2°N, 117.9°E)
• 48 Hour (Friday morning):500 km West Southwest of Subic, Zambales (13.7°N, 115.8°E)
• 72 Hour (Saturday morning): 740 km West of Subic, Zambales (outside PAR) (13.9°N, 113.5°E)
• 96 Hour (Sunday morning):1,015 km West of Subic, Zambales (outside PAR) (14.3°N, 110.9°E)

TCWS #3 (121-170 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 18 hours). Romblon, southern Oriental Mindoro (Roxas, Mansalay, Bulalacao, Bongabong, Bansud, Pola, Socorro, Pinamalayan, Gloria), southern Occidental Mindoro (Calintaan, Rizal, San Jose, Magsaysay, southern portion of Sablayan), Calamian Islands (Busuanga, Coron, Culion), Islands of Caluya.

TCWS #2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours). Batangas, Marinduque, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, the rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Cuyo Islands, extreme northern portion of mainland Palawan (Linapacan, El Nido, Taytay, Araceli), Capiz, Aklan, and northern Antique (Libertad, Pandan, Sebaste, Culasi, Tibiao, Barbaza, Laua-an, Caluya)

TCWS #1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours). Bataan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, the rest northern mainland Palawan (Dumaran, San Vicente, Roxas), Cagayancillo Islands, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Quezon, Albay, Masbate including Burias and Ticao Islands, Northern Negros Occidental (Hinigaran, La Castellana, Pontevedra, La Carlota, San Enrique, Valladolid, Pulupandan, Bago, Murcia, Bacolod, Talisay, Salvador Benedicto, Silay, Enrique B. Magalona, Victorias, Manapla, Cadiz, Sagay, Escalante, Toboso, Calatrava), Iloilo, Guimaras, and the rest of Antique.

Meanwhile, in Iloilo City, it can be recalled that the city has been placed under ‘blue alert status’. In a post by the Iloilo City Government page, there is a need to prepare and take appropriate actions for its possible impact. Moreover, all vice-chairpersons, cluster leads, and unit leaders are advised to be on standby and to be ready for possible deployment. Moreover, Barangay Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Committees are also advised to activate the Barangay Operations Center and raise the alert status to ‘Blue Alert’. The said committees are also advised to conduct disaster preparedness measures to ensure the safety of residents.

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