Ulysses intensifies as it makes landfall over Quezon province

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Updated @ 1:01 a.m., Nov. 12, 2020

MANILA, Philippines — Typhoon Ulysses, internationally known as Vamco, made landfall at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday over Patnanungan, an island town in Quezon province, according to the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (Pagasa).

It then made a second landfall at 11:20 p.m. over Burdeos, a coastal town on Polillo Island in Quezon.

Instead of weakening on its first landfall, Ulysses grew even stronger with maximum sustained winds of 150 kph at the center and a gustiness reaching up to 205 kph.

Earlier, its maximum sustained winds near the center was 140 kph with a gustiness reaching up to 195 kph.

It was last located at 70 km east of Infanta, Quezon, moving west-northwest at 15 kph.

It was expected to move over to the northern portion of mainland Quezon between 1:00 a.m. and 3:00 a.m. on Thursday.

Ulysses veered north from its earlier projected track. It may move over  Central Luzon by early Thursday morning, rather than directly hovering above Metro Manila after hitting Quezon province.

Its big diameter, however, would still bring strong winds and rains over Metro Manila.

It is expected to emerge over the West Philippine Sea by Thursday morning.

The following areas were placed under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3, where wind speeds may range from 121 kph to 170 kph:

• the southern portion of Quirino — Maddela, Nagtipunan
• the southern portion of Nueva Vizcaya — Alfonso Castaneda, Dupax Del Norte, Dupax Del Sur
• Pangasinan
• Central Luzon — Nueva Ecija, Aurora, Tarlac, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan
• Metro Manila
• Calabarzon (except some areas in Quezon province) — Rizal, Cavite, Laguna, Batangas
• the northern and central portions of Quezon — General Nakar, Infanta, Real, Mauban, Sampaloc, Lucban, Tayabas City, Sariaya, Candelaria, Dolores, Tiaong, San Antonio, Lucena City, Pagbilao, Atimonan, Padre Burgos, Unisan, Agdangan, Gumaca, Plaridel, Pitogo, Macalelon, Lopez, General Luna, Catanauan, Buenavista, Guinayangan, Tagkawayan, Calauag, Quezon, Alabat, Perez,  Polillo Islands
Camarines Norte
• the northern portion of Camarines Sur — Siruma, Cabusao, Libmanan, Sipocot, Lupi, Ragay, Del Gallego, Tinambac, Calabanga, Bombon, Magarao

Signal No. 2 was raised over the following areas:

• 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
• the rest of Quirino
• the rest of 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 northern portion of Occidental Mindoro — Paluan, Abra de Ilog), Lubang Island
• the northern portion of Oriental Mindoro — Pola, Victoria, Naujan, Baco, Calapan City, San Teodoro, Puerto Galera
• Marinduque
• the rest of Quezon
• the rest of Camarines Sur
• Catanduanes
• Albay
• Burias Island
• the northern portion of Sorsogon — Sorsogon City, Castilla, Pilar, Donsol

The following areas were placed under Signal No. 1:

• the rest of Isabela
• Kalinga
• Abra
• the rest of Ilocos Sur
• the rest of Occidental Mindoro
• the rest of Oriental Mindoro
• Romblon
• the rest of Sorsogon
• the central and western portion of Masbate — Palanas, Cawayan, Milagros, Dimasalang, Uson, Mobo, Masbate City, Baleno, Aroroy, Mandaon, Balud, Ticao Island
• the western portion of Northern Samar — Lavezares, Biri, San Jose, Rosario, Victoria, San Isidro, Allen, San Antonio, Capul, San Vicente

Warning signals in areas not mentioned had been now taken down with Ulysses moving farther away from the Visayas.

Pagasa said that areas under Signal No. 3 could sustain heavy damage, especially high-risk structures, such as old and dilapidated houses and those made of light materials.

Destructive typhoon-force winds may affect areas under Signal No. 3, while gale to storm-force winds will prevail in areas under Signal No. 2.

Until Thursday noon, heavy to intense and at times torrential rains will fall over Camarines Norte, Camarines Sur, Metro Manila, Calabarzon, Central Luzon, Quirino, Nueva Vizcaya, and the eastern portion of Isabela.

At the same time, moderate to heavy and at times intense rains will fall over the Cordillera Administrative Region, the rest of mainland Cagayan Valley, Pangasinan, Marinduque, the northern portion of Mindoro Provinces including Lubang Island, Albay, Catanduanes, and Burias Island.

Pagasa added that areas in the path of the typhoon could also have widespread disruption of electrical power and communication services.

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