Tropical cyclone warning Signal No. 3 was raised in Metro Manila and several other areas as typhoon “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”) intensified further as it moved towards the Quezon-Aurora area this afternoon.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration raised signal No. 3 in the southern portion of Quirino (Maddela and Nagtipunan), the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya (Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax del Norte, and Dupax del Sur), Pangasinan, Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, Metro Manila, Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, the northern and central portions of Quezon (Gen. 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, Gen. Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, and Perez) including Polillo Islands, Batangas, Catanduanes, Camarines Norte, and the northern portion of
Camarines Sur (Del Gallego, Ragay, Lupi, Sipocot, Cabusao, Bombon, Calabanga,
Tinambac, Siruma, Goa, Lagonoy, San Jose, Garchitorena, Presentacion, and Caramoan).
PAGASA said 121 to 170 kilometer per hour winds are expected in these areas in 18 hours.
Signal No. 2, in which winds 61 to 120 kph are prevailing or expected in 24 hours, was hoisted over Quirino, the rest of Nueva Vizcaya, the southern portion of Benguet (Bokod, Itogon, Tublay, La Trinidad, Sablan, Baguio City, and Tuba), the southern portion of La Union (Burgos, Naguilian, Bauang, Caba, Aringay, Tubao, Pugo, Sto. Tomas, Rosario, and Agoo), the rest of Quezon, Marinduque, the northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan and Abra de Ilog), including Lubang Island, the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Pola, Victoria, Naujan, Baco, Calapan City, San Teodoro, and Puerto Galera), the rest of Camarines Sur, Albay, Sorsogon, and Burias and Ticao Islands
Isabela, 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 (Sto. Nino, Almagro, Tagapul-an Tarangnan, Calbayog City, Sta. Margarita, Gandara, Pagsanghan, San Jorge, San Jose de Buan, and Matuguinao), and the northern portion of Eastern Samar (Maslog, Dolores, Oras, San Policarpo, Arteche, and Jipapad) are under Signal. No. 1. Winds 30 to 60 kph are prevailing or expected in 36 hours.
At 1 p.m. this afternoon, Ulysses was located 125 kilometers north-northwest of Virac, Catanduanes or 95 kms northeast of Daet, Camarines Norte, with maximum sustained winds of 135 kph near the center and gustiness of up to 165 kph, moving westward at 20 kph.
PAGASA said Ulysses will move west and pass over the seas north of Camarines provinces between this afternoon and tonight.
The tropical cyclone is forecast to make landfall over Polillo Islands and mainland Quezon between tonight and early tomorrow morning. Ulysses will cross Central Luzon and emerge over the western seaboard of Zambales tomorrow morning.
PAGASA said the typhoon may reach its peak intensity of 130 to 155 kph prior to landfall, adding that it may slightly weaken as it crosses mainland Luzon due to frictional effects in Sierra Madre and Zambales mountain ranges.
It is likely to remain a typhoon throughout its traverse, PAGASA said, but will be outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility Friday.
Tomorrow morning, PAGASA said Ulysses will be 60 kms west of Iba, Zambales; 535 kms west of Iba or outside PAR Friday morning; and 975 kms west of Central Luzon outside PAR Saturday morning.
PAGASA warned of destructive winds with torrential rainfall over the northern portions of Catanduanes, Camarines Sur, and Camarines Norte until tonight, while Aurora and the northern portion of Quezon will experience these tonight until early tomorrow morning.
Albay, Sorsogon, Quezon, including Polillo Islands, and Burias and Ticao Islands will experience moderate to heavy rainfall while Metro Manila and the rest of Luzon and Visayas will have light to moderate rainfall.
PAGASA also warned that flooding, including flashfloods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden stream flows otherwise known as “lahar” might occur when there is heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards.
PAGASA said sea travel is risky for all types of seacraft.
Rough to very high seas with wave heights of 2.5 to 10 meters are expected within the next 24 hours over the seaboards of areas under storm signals and the eastern seaboard of Eastern Samar currently not under Signal No. 1.