MANILA (UPDATE) - Typhoon Ursula will bring rains over Calamian Islands and Occidental Mindoro even as it moved over the West Philippine Sea early Thursday, the state weather bureau said.
The country's 21st and potentially last storm this year, which dampened Christmas for Filipinos this year, was spotted 235 kilometers northwest of Coron, Palawan at 10 a.m., packing maximum winds of 120 km per hour and up to 150 kph gusts, PAGASA said.
Ursula (international name: Phanfone) will bring light to moderate with intermittent heavy rains over the northern portion of Palawan, including Calamian Islands and Lubang Island.
Scattered rains, meanwhile, will be experienced over Metro Manila, Oriental Mindoro, Central Luzon, Calabarzon, and the rest of extreme northern Palawan.
Storm signal no. 1 — which means winds could "partially unroof" houses made of light materials and cause "significant damage" to rice crops — remains hoisted over the following areas:
- northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro, including Lubang Island (Lubang, Looc, Paluan, Abra de Ilog, Mamburao)
- Calamian Islands (Coron, Culion, Busuanga)
Ursula is expected to leave the Philippine area of responsibility on Saturday morning, if it continues moving west northwest at 15 kph, said PAGASA.
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