Like 'Ondoy': Typhoon Ulysses leaves Luzon with widespread flooding

Gillan Ropero, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Nov 12 2020 12:34 PM | Updated as of Nov 12 2020 06:24 PM

MANILA (2nd UPDATE) - Typhoon Ulysses (international name: Vamco) accelerated as it moved over the West Philippine Sea on Thursday afternoon after inundating large swaths of the Philippine main island of Luzon, prompting residents to climb rooftops to escape rising floodwaters.

The country's 21st storm this year left at least 2 dead and forced 170,000 to flee their homes, based on initial reports, as the COVID-19 pandemic persisted. It comes just over a week after Super Typhoon Rolly (international name: Goni) devastated the southern part of Luzon, especially the Bicol region, leaving at least 25 dead.

PAGASA said Ulysses is "comparable" to Tropical Storm Ondoy (international name: Ketsana) which struck the capital region in September 2009 and left at least 464 dead.

"In terms of pag-ulan natin, ina-assess pa rin natin pero comparable po... Masasabi nating mas maraming pag-ulan na naranasan dito sa bagyong Ulysses compared kay Ondoy dahil malawak ang bagyo," PAGASA weather forecaster Benison Estareja told ABS-CBN's TeleRadyo.

(We're still assessing Ulysses in terms of rainfall. But we experienced more rains from Ulysses compared with Ondoy as it's wide.)

"The worst is over (in Metro Manila), pero di naman po natin masasabing getting any better sa ngayon dahil marami pa rin pong lugar na apektado."

(The worst is over, but we can't say it's getting better because many areas are still affected.)

Ulysses dumped torrential rains over eastern Luzon with PAGASA recording the highest amount of rainfall within 24 hours in Tanay town, Rizal at 356 millimeters, said weather forecaster Ariel Rojas.

It was followed by Daet town in Camarines Sur with 271 mm, Infanta town in Quezon with 255 mm, and Casiguran town in Aurora with 238 mm, Rojas added.

PAGASA's Science Garden in Quezon City recorded 153 mm rainfall from Ulysses, versus 455 mm rainfall during Ondoy, according to Rojas.

The center of Ulysses was last estimated to be located over the West Philippine Sea, 140 kilometers west of Iba, Zambales as of 1 p.m., moving west at 35 km per hour while packing maximum winds of 130 kph near the center and gusts of up to 160 kph, PAGASA said.

It will slightly intensify as it moves further away from the Philippine landmass, and is forecast to leave the Philippine area of responsibility Friday morning.

Until Thursday evening, Ulysses will bring moderate to heavy rains over Cordillera Administrative Region, the eastern portions of Cagayan and Isabela, Zambales, Bataan, Aurora, Cavite, the western portion of Batangas, and Occidental Mindoro including Lubang Island. 

Light to moderate with at times heavy rains will persist over Western Visayas, Samar Provinces, Metro Manila, and the rest of Luzon.

PAGASA warned of flooding, rain-induced landslides, and sediment-laden streamflows (e.g. lahar) which may occur during heavy or prolonged rainfall especially in areas that are highly susceptible to these hazards and/or those that received previous heavy rainfall.

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Based on the 2 p.m. bulletin of PAGASA, the following areas are under tropical cyclone wind signal no. 2, where 61-120 kph winds are expected within 24 hours and may damage wooden and old electric posts:

  •  Metro Manila 
  •  Bataan
  •  Cavite
  •  Pampanga
  •  Tarlac
  •  Zambales
  •  Northwestern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Paluan, Abra de Ilog) including Lubang Island
  •  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) 
  •  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)
  •  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)

Signal No. 1 is hoisted over the following areas, where 30-60 kph winds may rip roofs off nipa and cogon huts, damage rice crops and down banana plants:

  •  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
  •  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, the southern portion of Aurora (Maria Aurora, Baler, San Luis, Dingalan)
  •  Nueva Ecija
  •  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 
  •  Rest of Batangas 
  •  Northwestern portion of Oriental Mindoro (Puerto Galera, San Teodoro, Baco, Calapan City, Naujan) 
  •  Rest of northern portion of Occidental Mindoro (Santa Cruz, Mamburao)

PAGASA said there would be minimal to moderate risk of storm surge of up to 1 meter over the coastal areas of Pangasinan, Zambales, Bataan, Pampanga, Bulacan, and Metro Manila.

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