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Ulysses now a typhoon

TROPICAL Cyclone Wind Signal (TCWS) No. 3 was raised over some parts of Luzon as “Ulysses” intensified into a typhoon while moving closer to the Quezon-Aurora area, the weather bureau said Wednesday noon.

Ulysses” packed maximum sustained winds of 125 km. per hour (kph) near the center, and gustiness of up to 155 kph. It was last tracked 100 km north of Virac, Catanduanes.

TCWS No. 3 was hoisted over the southern portion of Aurora (Dipaculao, Baler, Maria Aurora, San Luis, Dingalan), the southern portion of Nueva Ecija (Bongabon, Gabaldon, General Tinio, Laur, Palayan City, Cabanatuan City, Santa Rosa, Peñaranda, Gapan City, San Leonardo, Jaen, San Antonio, San Isidro, Cabiao), the eastern portion of Pampanga (Candaba, Arayat, Santa Ana, Mexico, San Luis, San Simon, San Fernando City, Santo Tomas, Apalit, Minalin, Bacolor, Santa Rita, Guagua, Macabebe, Masantol, Sasmuan, Lubao), Bulacan, Metro Manila, Cavite, Laguna, Rizal, the northern and central portions of Quezon (General Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Unisan, Agdangan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Pitogo, Macalelon, Lopez, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez) including the Polillo Islands, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, the northern portion of Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Bombon, Calabanga, Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan). Destructive typhoon force winds will be experienced in these areas.

Damaging gale to storm force winds will prevail in areas under TCWS no. 2: central and southern portions of Quirino (Maddela, Cabarroguis, Aglipay, Nagtipunan), the central and southern portions of Nueva Vizcaya (Kasibu, Bambang, Kayapa, Dupax Del Norte, Dupax Del Sur, Aritao, Santa Fe, Alfonso Castaneda), the southern portion of Benguet (Bokod, Itogon, Tublay, La Trinidad, Sablan, Baguio City, Tuba), the southern portion of La Union (Burgos, Naguilian, Bauang, Caba, Aringay, Tubao, Pugo, Santo Tomas, Rosario, Agoo), Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, the rest of Pampanga, the rest of Nueva Ecija, the rest of Aurora, Batangas, the rest of Quezon, Marinduque, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Pola, Victoria, Naujan, Baco, Calapan City, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera), the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Burias and Ticao Islands.

TCWS no. 1 was hoisted over Isabela, the rest of Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, Kalinga, Mountain Province, Ifugao, the rest of Benguet, Abra, Ilocos Sur, the rest of La Union, the rest of Occidental Mindoro, the rest of Oriental Mindoro, Romblon, the rest of Masbate, 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). Strong breeze to near gale conditions will continue in these areas.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) forecast destructive winds and intense with at times torrential rainfall over the northern portions of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Aurora, and the northern portion of Quezon.

Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains was forecast to be experienced over Albay, Sorsogon, Quezon including Polillo Islands, and Burias and Ticao Islands.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains was forecast to prevail over Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas.

Flooding, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall.

Meanwhile, rough to very rough seas will continue over the seaboards of areas under TCWS, and the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar.

Rough to high seas will also continue over the remaining seaboards of northern Luzon, and rough seas over the seaboards of Kalayaan Island due to the surge of the northeast monsoon.

Sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft over these waters.

Moderate to rough seas will still prevail over the western seaboards of Palawan including the Calamian Islands, and the eastern seaboards of Mindanao.

PAGASA advised mariners of small seacraft to take precautionary measures when venturing to the sea. Philippine News Agency