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23 Dec 2019 | 08:24 AM UTC

Philippines: Domestic flight disruptions due to Tropical Storm Ursula December 24 /update 1

Tropical Storm Ursula triggers domestic flight cancelations December 24; further transportation disruptions likely in the coming days



Tropical Storm Ursula (Phanfone), which is expected to make landfall in Eastern Visayas on Tuesday, December 24, has prompted the cancelations of 20 domestic flights operated by Philippines Airlines and Cebu Pacific Air in several airports nationwide on Tuesday.

As of 14:00 (local time) on Monday, December 23, Ursula was located at approximately 9.8°N 132.2°E (map here) and is moving northwest at 33 kph (20.5 mph), with maximum sustained winds of 74 kph (46 mph) and gusts of up to 93 kph (57.7 mph). According to PAGASA, Ursula is expected to intensify into a Severe Tropical Storm prior to make landfall on Tuesday afternoon.

Further transportation disruptions are likely in the coming days.


Individuals in the affected areas are advised to monitor local weather reports, to confirm flight reservations and to contact their airline for additional information, avoid areas directly affected by flooding, confirm road conditions before setting out, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities. Avoid walking or driving through floodwaters; 15 cm (6 in) of running water is enough to knock over an adult.