Tropical cyclone wind signal number 1 has been raised over some portions of Bicol region and Eastern Visayas on Monday evening as tropical storm “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”) poses a serious threat to the country.
In its 11 p.m. severe weather bulletin issued on Monday, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) hoisted signal number 1 over the eastern portion of Camarines Sur (Siruma, Tinambac, Goa, Tigaon, Sagnay, San Jose, Lagonoy, Garchitorena, Presentacion, Caramoan), eastern portion of Albay (Tiwi, Malinao, Tabaco City, Malilipot, Santo Domingo, Bacacay, Rapu-Rapu, Manito), Catanduanes, northeastern portion of Sorsogon (Sorsogon City, Gubat, Prieto Diaz), and eastern portion of Northern Samar (Laoang, Palapag, Mapanas, Gamay, Lapinig).
The center of Ulysses was estimated at 485 kilometers east of Borongan City, Eastern Samar or 560 km east of Catarman, Northern Samar around 10 p.m.
It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 65 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 80 kph.
It may further intensity into a severe tropical storm in the next 24 hours, and reach typhoon status by Wednesday morning with peak intensity of 140 kph to 155 kph by Wednesday evening.
PAGASA said Ulysses may make landfall at or near its peak intensity.
The storm will likely move generally northwest or west-northwest through Tuesday evening before turning westward.
Based on its latest forecast track, PAGASA said the center of Ulysses is more likely to make landfall over Quezon province between Wednesday evening and Thursday morning.
However, given the current spread of the track projections shown in the probability cone, a landfall over Bicol region around Wednesday afternoon or evening remains a possibility, it pointed out.
Areas under signal number 1 can expect 30 kph to 60 kph of winds or intermittent rains within 36 hours from the time a tropical cyclone warning has been raised.
PAGASA said more areas in Bicol region and Eastern Visayas will be placed under signal number 1 in the next bulletin that will be issued at 5 a.m. on Tuesday.
Light to moderate with at times heavy rains due to Ulysses will prevail over Aurora, Quezon, Bicol region, Eastern Visayas, Caraga, and Davao region on Tuesday.
PAGASA said moderate to heavy rains associated with the rainbands of Ulysses may begin affecting Bicol region and portions of Eastern Visayas by Wednesday.
Meanwhile, this Tuesday, the tail-end of a cold front will bring light to moderate with at times heavy rains over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, eastern portion of Isabela, and Apayao.