Typhoon “Ulysses” weakened into a severe tropical storm on Friday morning before its expected exit out of the Philippine area of responsibility (PAR), following its destructive passage in the country.
In its 5 a.m. weather bulletin, the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Service Administration (PAGASA) said the center of Ulysses was already 415 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales.
The severe tropical storm now packs maximum sustained winds of 110 kilometers per hour (kph), and gusts of up to 135 kph, while moving west at 20 kph.
Ulysse was forecast to exit PAR also on Friday morning after its eventual weakening due to “increasingly unfavorable conditions” caused by the surge of the Northeast Monsoon.
Although downgraded, PAGASA weather specialist Meno Mendoza said Ulysses and the surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” will continue to bring gusty conditions over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR), Ilocos Region, Zambales, Bataan, and northern Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island.
Moderate to heavy with at times intense rains will persist over Batanes, Babuyan Islands, northern and eastern portions of mainland Cagayan, eastern part of Isabela, Aurora, Nueva Vizcaya, Quirino, and Apayao until Friday afternoon, PAGASA said.
While light to moderate with at times heavy rains will be experienced over Ilocos Region, the rest of CAR, the rest of Cagayan Valley, the northern portion of Quezon including Polillo Islands, Zambales, and Bataan.
With this, the state weather bureau warned that flooding, including flash floods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows such as lahar could occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are “highly or very highly susceptible to these hazards and/or those that received significant antecedent rainfall.”
Meanwhile, strong to gale force winds associated with Ulysses and the surge of amihan will also be experienced over seaboards of Northern Luzon, and western seaboards of Central and Southern Luzon.
PAGASA raised a gale warning over the coasts of Batanes, Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Ilocos Norte, Ilocos Sur, La Union, Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, western coast of Palawan, and the seaboards of Kalayaan Island
The agency reminded that sea travel remains risky, especially for small sea crafts, over seaboards where a gale warning was raised due to rough to very rough sea conditions and wave height of up to 4.5 meters.