All storm warnings lifted by PAGASA

Published November 13, 2020, 12:26 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

All storm warnings associated with typhoon “Ulysses” (international name: “Vamco”) were lifted on Thursday evening, as the cyclone moved farther away from the country.

The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) last observed Ulysses at 300 kilometers (km) west of Iba, Zambales around 10 p.m.

It has maintained its maximum sustained winds of 120 kilometers per hour (kph) and gustiness of up to 150 kph.

All tropical cyclone wind signals may have been lifted but the typhoon and the surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will continue to bring gusty conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region, Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.

Until Friday noon, moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will prevail over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, eastern portion of Isabela, northern and central portions of Aurora, Quirino, and Apayao due to the amihan.

Meanwhile, light to moderate with at times heavy rains may affect Ilocos Region, the rest of Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of Cagayan Valley, the rest of Aurora, northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.

PAGASA warned that flooding, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows or lahar may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards. 

Likewise, within the next 24 hours, the combined effects of Ulysses and the surge of amihan will bring rough to very rough seas over the seaboards of Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, northern seaboard of mainland Cagayan, and western seaboards of Bataan, Batangas, Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island, Palawan, and Calamian and Kalayaan Islands.

Sea travel is still suspended in these areas.

Moderate to rough seas may also affect the eastern seaboards of Luzon.

Mariners of small boats were advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea, while inexperienced mariners were asked to avoid navigating in these conditions.

Ulysses is anticipated to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Friday morning.