Typhoon Ursula PH with an international name Phanfone is now fast approaching Easter Samar region with a maximum sustained winds of 95km/hr near the center. The storm is expected to move west-north-west at 30km/hr. The gustiness of the wind near the center is 115km/hr. The current location of Ursula Ph is 315 kilometers just east of Guiuan, Eastern Samar and will traverse the Samar and Leyte islands this afternoon and evening of December 24, 2019.

Signal number 2 is now raised in Samar, Leyte, Eastern Samar, Biliran, Northern Cebu including Camotes and Bantayan Islands, Northeastern Iloilo, Albay, Masbate that includes Ticao and Burias Islands and Sorsogon. Signal Number 2 will expect wind speed and gustiness between 60 and 120 kilometers per hour within the next 24 hours. Heavy rains are expected in areas under signal number 2 as the typhoon will cross and traverse these islands this day until tomorrow.

Signal number 1 is raised over Camarines Sur, Camarines Norte, Catanduanes, Marinduque, Occidental Mindoro, Metro Manila, Bataan, Bulacan, Rizal, Quezon, Cavite, Laguna, Oriental Mindoro, Calamian Islands, and Cuyo islands. Southern Leyte, Central Cebu, Northeastern Bohol, Aklan, Antique, Rest of Iloilo, Northern Negros Occidental, Northern Negros Oriental, Dinagat Islands, Surigao del Norte, and Bucas Grande Islands. Areas affected by Signal #1 will experience wind gustiness between 30 and 60 kilometers per hour within the next 36 hours.

Residents in the coastal and low lying areas are advised to evacuate and move to higher places. The cyclone is expected to bring heavy rains and strong wind gusts that can cause storm surge along the beach and other coastal areas within the affected areas. Similar to residents living along the slopes of hills or mountains to watch out for falling rocks and debris as the storm can increase the moisture to saturate lands with water to cause landslides and flash floods.

All residents and visitors within the areas affected by Ursula PH or Phanfone are advised to stay indoors, especially when there is a heavy downpour of rains. Always watch out for updates to any news regarding the weather forecast of Ursula as it will traverse some islands in the Visayas until it will exit in the Mindoro-Palawan area.

Keep updates in social media or mass media websites for the latest updates on severe tropical storm URSULA PH or Phanfone.

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