MANILA - Typhoon Ursula maintained its strength and was off the coast of Magsaysay town, Occidental Mindoro as of Wednesday afternoon, the state weather bureau said.
In its 5 p.m. bulletin, PAGASA said Ursula was packing maximum sustained winds of up to 140 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and 195 kph gusts. It was last seen moving west northwest at 20 kph.
The eyewall of Ursula, according to PAGASA, was bringing very destructive winds and intense rainfall, the latest of which was over the southern portion of Mindoro Provinces.
Within Wednesday, the Calamian Islands in Palawan will be affected by the eyewall with destructive typhoon-force winds.
Storm surges of 1 to 2 meters may also affect islands and several coastal areas in Negros Occidental.
As the eye of the storm passes some of the affected areas, calm conditions will be experienced. But, as soon as the eye moves out of the area, violent conditions linked to the eyewall will resume, PAGASA said.
The weather agency lifted tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) over Metro Manila, Rizal, Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Albay, Masbate, including Ticao and Burias Islands, Cagayancillo Island, northern Negros Occidental, Iloilo, and Guimaras.
Areas still under TCWS are:
- Southern Oriental Mindoro
- Southern Occidental Mindoro
- Calamian Islands
- rest of Oriental Mindoro
- rest of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island
- Cuyo Islands
- extreme northern portion of mainland Palawan
- northern Antique
- northwestern Aklan
- rest of northern Palawan
- southern portion of Quezon
- rest of Antique
- the rest of Aklan
On Wednesday night, occasional to frequent heavy with intermittent intense rains were expected to prevail over Calamian Islands, Cuyo Islands, and Mindoro Provinces.
Light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains, meanwhile, were expected over Romblon, Aklan, Capiz, Calabarzon, Marinduque, Aurora, and the northern portion of mainland Palawan.
PAGASA advised residents in affected areas to take appropriate measures to reduce the potential impact of flooding and rain-induced landslides, especially in areas identified to be highly to very highly susceptible to these hazards.
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