‘Ulysses’ leaves a massive trail of destruction as it heads toward the West Philippine Sea

Published November 12, 2020, 11:58 AM

by Ellalyn De Vera-Ruiz

Typhoon “Ulysses” (international name “Vamco”) is now over the West Philippine Sea, leaving a massive trail of destruction across many areas in Luzon, including Metro Manila.


As of 10 a.m., Thursday, the center of the eye of “Ulysses” was at 85 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales, and maintained its maximum sustained winds of 130 kilometers per hour (kph) near the center and gustiness of up to 200 kph, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).

“Ulysses” made a total of 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 over General Nakar, Quezon at 1:40 a.m. on Thursday.

As “Ulysses” is now over the coastal waters, PAGASA has lifted or lowered the tropical cyclone wind signals raised in several areas in Luzon, while all storm warnings in Visayas have been lifted.

Areas under Signal No. 3 are 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, and Pampanga.

Signal No. 2 is still up in Metro Manila, the central and southern portions of Isabela (Mallig, Quirino, Ilagan, Roxas, Burgos, Gamu, Palanan, San Mariano, Dinapigue, San Guillermo, Benito Soliven, Naguilian, Reina Mercedes, Luna, San Manuel, Aurora, Cabatuan, Cauayan City, San Mateo, Alicia, Angadanan, Echague, Jones, San Agustin, San Isidro, Ramon, Santiago City, Cordon), Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, Mountain Province, Ifugao, Benguet, the southern portion of Ilocos Sur (Cervantes, Quirino, San Emilio, Lidlidda, Santiago, Banayoyo, Candon City, Galimuyod, Gregorio Del Pilar, Salcedo, Santa Lucia, Santa Cruz, Sigay, Suyo, Tagudin, Alilem, Sugpon), La Union, the rest of Pangasinan, Aurora, Nueva Ecija, Bulacan, Cavite, Rizal, Laguna, Batangas, northern and western portions of Quezon (Mauban, Pagbilao, Tayabas City, Lucena City, Sariaya, Candelaria, San Antonio, Tiaong, Dolores, Lucban, Sampaloc, Real, Infanta, General Nakar) including Polillo Islands, northwestern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro), and northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island.

Signal No. 1 remains hoisted in the rest of Isabela, Kalinga, Abra, the rest of Ilocos Sur, the rest of northern portion Oriental Mindoro(Baco, Calapan City, Naujan, Victoria, Pola), the rest of northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Mamburao, Santa Cruz), and  central portion of Quezon (Gumaca, Macalelon, Pitogo, Unisan, Agdangan, Plaridel, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Quezon, Alabat, Perez).

PAGASA warned that destructive typhoon-force winds will prevail in areas under Signal No. 3, damaging gale- to storm-force winds in areas under Signal No. 2, and strong breeze to near gale conditions in areas under Signal No. 1. 

The surge of the northeast monsoon or “amihan” also continues to bring strong to gale-force winds over the rest of Northern Luzon.

Until Thursday afternoon, PAGASA said heavy to intense with at times torrential rains may persist over Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, and Tarlac, while moderate to heavy with at times intense rains may prevail over Cordillera Administrative Region, mainland Cagayan Valley, Babuyan Islands, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal, Quezon, Metro Manila, Oriental and Occidental Mindoro, Marinduque, and the rest of Central Luzon.

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may also affect the Visayas and the rest of Luzon.

Between Thursday afternoon and evening, moderate to heavy rains may persist over Cordillera Administrative Region, eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, Zambales, Bataan, Aurora, Metro Manila, Cavite, western portion of Batangas, and northern portion of Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains may continue over Western Visayas and the rest of Luzon.

PAGASA advised the public to remain vigilant against flooding, including flash floods, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows, including lahar that may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards.

There is still a “high risk” storm surge of up to 3.0 meters (m) over the coastal areas of Aurora, northern Quezon including Polillo Islands, Cavite, Metro Manila, Bulacan, Pampanga, Bataan, and Zambales, and up to 2.0 m over the coastal areas of Isabela, La Union, Pangasinan, Batangas, the rest of Quezon, Marinduque, and the northern portion of Oriental and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island. 

These storm surges, which may be accompanied by swells and/or breaking waves near the coast, can cause life-threatening and damaging coastal inundation. 

Moreover, there is also a moderate risk of seiche or storm surge over the coastal areas surrounding Laguna de Bay.

Sea travel remains suspended over the northern seaboard of Northern Samar, entire seaboards of Northern Luzon, western seaboard of Palawan including Calamian and Kalayaan Islands, seaboards of Romblon and Bicol region, and coasts of areas with tropical cyclone warnings due to rough to very rough sea conditions. 

Typhoon “Ulysses” may exit the Philippine area of responsibility by Friday morning.