Tropical Depression ‘Ulysses’ enters as ‘Tonyo’ exits PAR

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The low pressure area east of Mindanao has developed into Tropical Depression Ulysses, Pagasa reported on Sunday night, November 8.

At 10:00 PM Sunday, the center of Tropical Depression Ulysses was estimated based on all available data at 800 km East of Hinatuan, Surigao del Sur.

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It is moving Northwestward at 15 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 45 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 55 km/h.

On the forecast track, Tropical Depression Ulysses will move generally northwestward tonight through Tuesday morning. Afterwards, it is forecast to turn westward and head towards the Bicol Region. A landfall over the Bicol Region area on Wednesday is likely at this time. Over the next three days, Ulysses is forecast to intensify and is likely to reach Tropical Storm category within 24 to 36 hours. It may reach Typhoon category on Wednesday prior to landfall.

Ulysses is currently not directly causing severe weather over any portion of the country at this time. It is likely that the winds and rainfall associated with this tropical cyclone will begin affecting portions of Eastern Visays and Bicol Region beginning on Tuesday or Wednesday.

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Tropical Depression Ulysses enters as Tonyo exits PAR

Based on available data, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 may be raised over some localities in Bicol Region or Eastern Visayas as early as tomorrow evening or Tuesday morning in anticipation of the onset of strong breeze to near gale conditions associated with Ulysses.

In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the circulation of “ULYSSES” and the prevailing easterlies will bring moderate to rough seas (1.5 to 2.5 m) over the eastern seaboards of the country. Mariners of small seacrafts are advised to take precautionary measures when venturing out to sea. Inexperienced mariners should avoid navigating in these conditions

Meanwhile, Tonyo intensified into a tropical storm at 2:00 AM today and left the Philippine Area of Responsibility at 4:00 AM. The storm is forecast to continue moving generally westward over the West Philippine Sea towards the southern portion of Vietnam, where it is likely to make landfall tomorrow morning or afternoon.

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