(This story was published on Tuesday, Nov. 10. Here are updates as of late Wednesday, Nov. 11 -- editor)
(UPDATED) Tropical Storm Ulysses (Vamco) continued to gather strength over the Pacific and could reach typhoon strength by the time it hits land later this week in areas still reeling from Super Typhoon Rolly, PAGASA said Tuesday.
Ulysses' maximum sustained winds could peak at 140 kph to 155 kph. It could make a "close approach" of Catanduanes and Camarines Norte on Wednesday afternoon before landfall over Quezon on Thursday morning, PAGASA said.
There is also an "increasing likelihood" of landfall in the Bicol Region in the afternoon or evening of Thursday. PAGASA said there is a chance that storm signal no. 3 would be raised.
A storm surge of 1 to 2 meters is possible in coastal areas of Metro Manila, CALABARZON, Bulacan, Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, Albay, Pampanga, Bataan, Romblon, Marinduque, the western coastal area of Masbate including Burias Island, and the northern coastal areas of Occidental Mindoro and Oriental Mindoro including Lubang Island.
"These storm surges, which may be accompanied by swells and breaking waves reaching the coast can cause life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation," PAGASA said,
MORE ON ROLLY AFTERMATH:
Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 1 (30-60 kph winds) was raised over the following areas:
Luzon: Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, the eastern portion of Masbate (Aroroy, Pio V. Corpuz, Cataingan, Palanas, Uson, Dimasalang, Masbate City, Mobo, Baleno) including Ticao and Burias Islands, and the southern portion of Quezon (Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Lopez, Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez)
On Tuesday, the tail-end of a cold front will bring, light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, and Apayao. Light to moderate with at times heavy rains due to Ulysses will also be experienced over Aurora, Quezon, Bicol Region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao Region. Moderate to heavy rains associated with the rain bands of Ulysses will be felt in the Bicol Region and portions of Eastern Visayas by Wednesday.
At 10 a.m. Tuesday, the eye of Ulysses was located 475 km east of Virac, Catanduanes, packing maximum sustained winds of 75 kph near the center with 90 kph gusts. It is moving northwestward at 15 kph.