Christmas storm ‘Ursula’ barrels closer to Visayas, Luzon


Posted at Dec 24 2019 04:10 AM | Updated as of Dec 24 2019 07:36 AM

MANILA —Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal no. 2 has been raised in parts of Visayas and Luzon as tropical storm Ursula moved closer to land early Tuesday, state weather agency PAGASA said.

The country's 21st and potentially last storm this year was last located 450 East of Guiuan, Eastern Samar at 1 a.m., packing maximum sustained winds of 85 kilometers per hour (kph) and 105 kph gusts, said PAGASA.


Between noon Tuesday and Christmas eve, occasional to frequent heavy rains over Dinagat Islands, Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands, Eastern Visayas, Sorsogon, Masbate, northern and central Cebu, northern Negros Provinces, Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Iloilo, Guimaras and Romblon are expected.

Meanwhile, the rest of the Bicol Region, Quezon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, and the rest of Visayas and Surigao del Norte may experience intermittent heavy rains.

On Christmas day, heavy rains may fall in Aklan, Antique, Capiz, Romblon, Marinduque, Oriental Mindoro, Occidental Mindoro, Batangas, and Calamian Islands. 

Ursula is expected to gradually intensify before landfall.

Here is the list of storm signals raised in parts of the country:



  • Sorsogon
  • Masbate including Ticao Island


  • Northern Samar
  • Eastern Samar
  • Samar
  • Leyte
  • Biliran
  • Camotes Islands

SIGNAL no. 1  


  • Bataan
  • Metro Manila
  • Rizal
  • Cavite
  • Quezon
  • Laguna
  • Batangas
  • Camarines Sur
  • Camarines Norte
  • Catanduanes
  • Albay
  • Marinduque
  • Romblon
  • Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
  • Oriental Mindoro
  • Sorsogon
  • Burias Island
  • Cuyo Islands


  • Southern Leyte
  • Northern Cebu
  • Central Cebu
  • Northeastern Bohol
  • Aklan
  • Antique
  • Capiz
  • Iloilo
  • Guimaras
  • Northern Negros Occidental


  • Dinagat Islands
  • Surigao del Norte including Siargao and Bucas Grande Islands

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