Typhoon Ulysses (international name Vamco) left a massive trail of destruction in many areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila, yesterday as it headed out to the West Philippine Sea.
Two people were killed while four others went missing after typhoon Ulysses unleashed heavy rains and destructive winds in Bicol Region, an initial report from the Office of Civil Defense (OCD) disclosed Thursday.
Claudio Yucot, regional director of OCD-Bicol, identified the fatalities as Avelino Cabanela, 68, and Salva Mangubat, 70, both of Camarines Norte.
Mangubat reportedly slipped and fell headfirst on the ground from his house in Purok 1, Brgy. Gabon in Talisay town at the height of the typhoon.
Cabanela was reported to have been found dead on the roof of his house in Purok 1, Brgy. Bagasbas in Daet town.
Another fatality was reported in Atok, Benguet, a farmer who died after bamboo trees struck his shanty due to strong winds.
Four persons were reported missing during the onslaught of “Ulysses” in Camarines Norte. They were identified as Noel Macayo, of Barangay 2 in Mercedes town; and Jessy Boy Alvarez, 33, Roland Alvarez, 48, and Bobby Roderick Masaya, 19, all residents of Brgy. Pinagtigasan in Vinzons town.
Eight persons in Camarines Norte suffered from various injuries due to typhoon Ulysses, according to Yucot. Most of them suffered cuts and bruises after being hit by flying debris or fallen trees.
They were identified as Glenn Isaac, 39, Lorna Aguilar, 32, of Mercedes town; Samson Salgado, 54, Marvin Rojas, 31, of Basud town; Rommel Madi, 45, Hilario Vibal, 45, Pio Paracale, 34, of Daet town; and Olive Paul Dichoso, 11, of Vinzons town.
The Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) estimated the location of Ulysses at 140 km west of Iba, Zambales, at around 1 p.m.
It maintained its maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 160 kph but a slight intensification is likely while it is over the West Philippine Sea.
Ulysses made three landfalls before traversing Central Luzon. Its first landfall was in the vicinity of Patnanungan, Quezon, at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, then went on to its second landfall over Burdeos, Quezon, at 11:20 p.m., then on to its third and final one in General Nakar, Quezon, at 1:40 a.m. on Thursday.
As Ulysses is now over the coastal waters, PAGASA lowered the tropical cyclone wind signals raised in several areas in Luzon. All storm warnings in Visayas have also been lowered.
Wind Signal No. 2 remains hoisted over the western portion of Pangasinan (Bayambang, Bautista, Alcala, Santo Tomas, Malasiqui, Santa Barbara, Mangaldan, Dagupan City, Basista, San Carlos City, Calasiao, Binmaley, Urbiztondo, Mangatarem, Aguilar, Bugallon, Lingayen, Labrador, Infanta, Mabini, Sual, Dasol, Burgos, Alaminos City, Agno, Bani, Bolinao, Anda), Zambales, Bataan, Tarlac, Pampanga, southwestern portion of Bulacan (Baliuag, Bustos, San Jose del Monte City, Santa Maria, Marilao, Pandi, Meycauayan City, Bocaue, Balagtas, Plaridel, Obando, Bulacan, Guiguinto, Malolos City, Pulilan, Calumpit, Paombong, Hagonoy), Metro Manila, Cavite, southwestern portion of Batangas (Talisay, San Nicolas, Laurel, Agoncillo, Taal, Santa Teresita, San Luis, Bauan, Mabini, Alitagtag, Lemery, Calaca, Balayan, Tuy, Nasugbu, Lian, Calatagan, Tingloy), and northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island.
Signal No. 1 is still raised in the southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Magsingal, Santo Domingo, San Ildefonso, San Vicente, Bantay, Santa Catalina, Vigan City, Caoayan, Santa, Narvacan, Nagbukel, Santa Maria, Burgos, San Esteban, San Emilio, Quirino, Cervantes, Alilem, Sugpon, Suyo, Sigay, Gregorio Del Pilar, Salcedo, Santa Cruz, Tagudin, Santa Lucia, Galimuyod, Candon City, Banayoyo, Santiago, Lidlidda), La Union, the rest of Pangasinan, southwestern portion of Abra (Tubo, Luba, Villaviciosa, Pilar, Manabo, San Isidro, Bangued, Pidigan, Langiden, San Quintin), western portion of Mountain Province (Bontoc, Sadanga, Sagada, Sabangan, Bauko, Tadian, Besao), western portion of Ifugao (Lagawe, Banaue, Hingyon, Hungduan, Tinoc, Asipulo, Lamut, Kiangan), Benguet, Nueva Vizcaya, southern portion of Aurora (Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan), Nueva Ecija, the rest of Bulacan, northern and western portions of Quezon (Lucena City, Pagbilao, Sariaya, Candelaria, Tiaong, San Antonio, Dolores, Tayabas City, Lucban, Mauban, Sampaloc, Real, General Nakar, Infanta), Rizal, Laguna, the rest of Batangas, northwestern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Calapan City, Naujan), and the rest of northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Santa Cruz, Mamburao).
Typhoon Ulysses may exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday morning.
“Ulysses,” the third typhoon to hit the country caused major flooding in Manila on Thursday, trapping people on rooftops.
Heavy rain effectively shut down Manila, the sprawling capital of 12 million people, and surrounding areas.
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