Those in areas with tropical cyclone wind signals (TCWS) due to Typhoon “Ulysses” better read this.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA), in its severe weather bulletin, has enumerated the possible impacts of the wind under Signal Nos. 1, 2, and 3.
TCWS No. 3 (121-170 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 18 hours)
*Heavy damage to high–risk structures.
• Moderate damage to medium-risk structures.
• Light damage to low risk structures.
• Increasing damage (up to more than 50%) to old, dilapidated residential structures and houses of light materials. Majority of all nipa and cogon houses may be unroofed or destroyed.
• Houses of medium strength materials (old, timber or mixed timber-CHB structures, usually with G.I. roofings); some warehouses or bodega-type structures are unroofed.
• There may be widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.
• Almost all banana plants are downed.
• Some big trees (acacia, mango, etc.) are broken or uprooted.
• Dwarf-type or hybrid coconut trees are tilted or downed.
• Rice and corn crops may suffer heavy losses.
• Damage to shrubbery and trees with foliage blown off; some large trees blown down.
TCWS No. 2 (61-120 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 24 hours)
*Light to Moderate damage to high risk structures.
• Very light to light damage to medium-risk structures.
• No damage to very light damage to low risk structures.
• Unshielded, old dilapidated schoolhouses, makeshift shanties, and other structures of light materials are partially damaged or unroofed.
• A number of nipa and cogon houses may be partially or totally unroofed.
• Some old galvanized iron (G.I.) roofs may be peeled or blown off.
• Some wooden, old electric posts are tilted or downed.
• Some damage to poorly constructed signs/billboards.
• In general, the winds may bring light to moderate damage to the exposed communities. Most banana plants, a few mango trees, ipil-ipil and similar types of trees are downed or broken.
• Some coconut trees may be tilted with a few others broken.
• Rice and corn may be adversely affected.
• Considerable damage to shrubbery and trees with some heavy-foliaged trees blown down.
TCWS No. 1 (30-60 km/h winds prevailing or expected in 36 hours)
*Very light or no damage to low risk structures.
• Light damage to medium to high risk structures.
• Slight damage to some houses of very light materials or makeshift structures in exposed communities. Some banana plants are tilted, a few downed, and leaves are generally damaged.
• Twigs of small trees may be broken.
• Rice crops may suffer significant damage when they are in their flowering stage.