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Ulysses Intensifies, Threatens Bicol, Southern Luzon

It could become a typhoon.
by Arianne Merez
Nov 10, 2020
Photo/s: Satellite image courtesy of PAGASA

(UPDATE) Tropical Storm Ulysses intensified further on Tuesday afternoon and was forecast to become stronger before hitting land in the Bicol Region and Quezon province--areas that are still reeling from Super Typhoon Rolly, weather bureau PAGASA said.

Ulysses, which developed into a severe tropical storm, is likely to become a typhoon with peak intensity ranging from 130 to 155 kph before possible landfall over Bicol on Wednesday afternoon or night, nearing Catanduanes and Camarines Norte, and over Quezon on Thursday morning, PAGASA said. 

Storm warning signal no. 3 may be raised, it said.


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Moderate to heavy rains due to the storm will prevail over Bicol Region and portions of Eastern Visayas on Wednesday, PAGASA said as it warned the public of possible flooding, flashfloods, landslides due to heavy rains, and lahar flows.

The public is also warned of storm surge of one to two meters is possible in the coastal areas of Metro Manila, CALABARZON,  Aurora, Camarines Provinces, Catanduanes, Albay, Bulacan, 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.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may be experienced in Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, Apayao, Ilocos Norte, Aurora, Quezon, Bicol Region, Eastern and Central Visayas, Caraga, Northern Mindanao, Zamboanga Peninsula, and Bangsamoro, PAGASA said.


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The following tropical cyclone warning signals are raised over these areas:

Signal No. 2


The central and southern portions of Quezon (Atimonan, Pagbilao, Padre Burgos, Agdangan, Unisan, Plaridel, Gumaca, Pitogo, Macalelon, General Luna, Catanauan, Mulanay, San Francisco, San Andres, San Narciso, Buenavista, Lopez, Guinayangan, Calauag, Tagkawayan, Quezon, Alabat, Perez) including Polillo Islands, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, Burias and Ticao Islands, and Marinduque

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Signal No. 1


Moutain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, La Union, Pangasinan, the central and southern portions of Isabela (Quezon, Delfin Albano, Tumauini, Divilacan, Mallig, Quirino, Ilagan, Palanan, San Mariano, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Gamu, Burgos, Roxas, San Manuel, Aurora, Luna, Reina Mercedes, Cauayan City, Cabatuan, San Mateo, Alicia, Angadanan, San Guillermo, Dinapigue, Echague, San Isidro, Ramon, Santiago City, Cordon, Jones, San Agustin), Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Tarlac, Pampanga, Bulacan, Zambales, Bataan, Metro Manila, the rest of Quezon, Rizal, Laguna, Cavite, Batangas, the rest of Masbate, Romblon, Oriental Mindoro, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island


Northern Samar, the northern portion of Samar (Santo Nino, Almagro, Tagapul-An, Tarangnan, Calbayog City, Santa Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, Matuguinao), and the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, Jipapad)


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As of 7 p.m., the eye of Ulysses was seen at  425 km east of Daet, Camarines Norte. It packs maximum sustained winds of 95 kph and gusts of up to 115 kph. It is moving westward at a speed of 30 kph. 

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