First Posted 11:20 PM 12/23/2019
NAVAl, Biliran – Tropical storm Ursula (Phanfone) is expected to lash the central Philippines and nearby areas with heavy rains on Christmas Eve, PAGASA said Monday, as it raised wind-warning signals over dozens of areas.
The country’s 21st and potentially last storm this year was 505 km East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 4 p.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) and 105 kph gusts, said PAGASA.
Ursula could strengthen into a severe tropical storm with at least 89 kph top sustained winds before it makes landfall over Eastern Visayas on Christmas Eve, Tuesday, in the afternoon or evening, warned the weather agency.
Residents in all these areas should be on the lookout for potential floods and landslides, said PAGASA.
PAGASA raised storm warning signal 2 in Eastern Samar, Samar, Leyte, and Biliran where damaging winds are expected on Tuesday afternoon.
The agency also raised storm warning signal 1 over dozens of areas where strong winds could damage nipa huts, uproot banana trees and leave “significant damage” to crops. These include the following:
Quezon, Laguna, Batangas, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Albay, Sorsogon, Masbate including Ticao and Burias Islands, Marinduque, Romblon, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Oriental Mindoro, and Cuyo Islands
Northern Samar, Southern Leyte, northern Cebu (Carmen, Asturias, Tuburan, Catmon, Sogod, Borbon, Tabuelan, Tabogon, San Remigio, Bogo Cty, Medellin, Daanbantayan, Bantayan, Santa Fe, Madridejos, San Francisco, Poro, Tudela, Pilar), central Cebu (Aloguinsan, Carcar City, Pinamungahan, San Fernando, Naga City, Toledo City, Minglanilla, Balamban, Talisay City, Cebu City, Cordova, Lapu-Lapu City, Mandaue City, Consolacion, Liloan, Compostela, Danao City), northeastern Bohol (Inabanga, Danao, Dagohoy, Pilar, Guindulman, Anda, Candijay, Alicia, Buenavista, Jetafe, Talibon, Trinidad, Bien Unido, San Miguel, Ubay, Mabini, Pres. Carlos P. Garcia), Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras, northern Negros Occidental (Bacolod City, Bago City, Cadiz City, Calatrava, Enrique B. Magalona, Escalante City, La Carlota City, La Castellana, Manapla, Moises Padilla, Binalbagan, Hinigaran, Isabela, Murcia, Pontevedra, Pulupandan, Sagay City, Salvador Benedicto, San Carlos City, San Enrique, Silay City, Talisay City, Toboso, Valladolid, Victorias City), and northern Negros Oriental (Canlaon City, Guihulngan City, Jimalalud, La Libertad, Vallehermoso)
Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands
If Ursula continues moving at 30 kph, it could leave the Philippines on Saturday evening, said PAGASA.