Thousands evacuate as Ulysses approaches Philippines

Thousands evacuate as Typhoon Ulysses approaches the Philippines Manila Bulletin

Only weeks after the Philippines was battered by the strongest typhoon by far this year, thousands of residents along the eastern coastal communities of Luzon were ordered to evacuate before another tropical storm makes landfall.

Being the 21st tropical storm to hit the country this year, Typhoon Ulysses (international name “Vamco”) carries a sustained wind of 125 kph (78 mph) and gusts of up to 155 kph.

In a radio interview, Governor Joseph Cua of the province of Catanduanes stated their dismay, “We are just 1% into our recovery and then here comes another typhoon. We’re now feeling strong wind and rain.”

Located on the southeast of Manila, the island province of Catanduanes and the nearby province of Albay, took critical damage brought by category 5 Typhoon Rolly (international name “Goni”) late October and early November. Rolly killed twenty-five people, with six still missing.

Ulysses is set to make landfall in Polilo Island on Wednesday evening and is expected to hit rice-producing areas north of the capital before leaving the island of Luzon on Thursday.

Areas bracing for the effects of Typhoon Ulysses include the Bicol Region and CALABARZON. Metro Manila is also expected to feel the impact of the typhoon.

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—(Source: Reuters)