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Ulysses triggers flood, rockslide in Catanduanes

Heavy rains and winds brought by Typhoon Ulysses on Wednesday caused floods and a rockslide in Catanduanes.

According to Sandra Aguinaldo’s report on “24 Oras” on Wednesday, floodwaters reached the roofs of some houses in Bagamanoc, Catanduanes.

Residents were ordered to evacuate as Ulysses continued its onslaught in the province.

In Virac, strong winds and rains toppled electric posts.

Several plantations were also submerged in flood.

Meanwhile, the boundary of Virac and Bato was blocked by big rocks after several rocks from the mountain slid to the road.

State weather bureau PAGASA earlier placed Catanduanes under Tropical Cyclone Wind Signal No. 3 as Ulysses continued to intensify and threatened the Quezon-Aurora area.

The center of Ulysses is forecasted to make landfall or close approach in the vicinity of Calaguas Islands within 3 hours, then over Polillo Islands and mainland Quezon between Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

PAGASA said Ulysses may reach its peak intensity of 140 to 155 kph prior to landfall. It may also slightly weaken as it crosses mainland Luzon due to frictional effects in the presence of Sierra Madre and Zambales mountain ranges. However, it is likely to remain a typhoon throughout its traverse. -Ma. Angelica Garcia/MDM, GMA News