‘Ursula’ now a typhoon, Signal #3 hoisted over Eastern Visayas

Marje Pelayo

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:

  • Northern Samar
  • Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Biliran
  • Leyte
  • and Camotes Islands

Meanwhile, the following areas remain under TCWS #2 due to Typhoon Ursula:


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


  • Extreme northern Cebu including Bantayan
  • Northeastern Iloilo
  • Northern Antique
  • Capiz
  • Aklan
  • Southern Leyte and extreme Northern Negros Occidental


  • Dinagat Islands

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:


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


  • The rest of northern Cebu
  • Central Cebu
  • Northeastern Bohol
  • The rest of Antique
  • The rest of Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Northern Negros Occidental
  • Northern Negros Oriental


  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao
  • Bucas Grande Islands

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