Tropical Depression Ulysses accelerates and slightly intensifies while moving northwestward over the Philippine Sea.
At 10:00 AM today, the center of Tropical Depression “ULYSSES” was estimated based on all available data at 635 km East Northeast of Surigao City, Surigao del Norte or 605 km East of Borongan City, Eastern Samar.
It is moving Northwestward at 40 km/h with maximum sustained winds of 55 km/h near the center and gustiness of up to 70 km/h.
On the forecast track, Tropical Depression Ulysses will move generally northwestward today through tomorrow morning. Afterwards, it is forecast to turn westward and head towards the Bicol Region-Quezon area. A landfall over Bicol Region- Quezon area on Wednesday is likely at this time.
Ulysses is forecast to further intensify and is likely to reach Tropical Storm category within 24 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 Visayas and Bicol Region beginning on Tuesday or Wednesday.
Tropical Depression Ulysses update
Based on available data, Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal #1 may be raised over some localities in Bicol Region or Eastern Visayas as early as tonight or tomorrow early morning in anticipation of the onset of strong breeze to near gale conditions associated with Ulysses.
Meanwhile, the Tail-End of a Cold Front will bring moderate to heavy rains with at times intense rains over Cagayan including Babuyan Islands, Isabela, and Aurora. Flooding and rain-induced landslides may occur in highly to very highly susceptible areas during heavy or prolonged rainfall.
Residents in these areas are advised to take precautionary measures, coordinate with local disaster risk reduction and management offices, and continue monitoring for updates, especially the local rainfall or thunderstorm advisories and heavy rainfall warnings from PAGASA Regional Services Divisions (PRSD).
In the next 24 hours, the combined effects of the circulation of Tropical Depression 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.