Ursula slows down; storm signals in some areas lifted

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.

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